Encoded Archival Description Tag Library, Version 2002
<ead> Encoded Archival Description
The outermost wrapper element for an information access tool known generically as a finding aid. A finding aid establishes physical and intellectual control over many types of archival materials and helps researchers understand and access the materials being described. The <ead> element defines a particular instance of a document encoded with the EAD Document Type Definition. It contains a required <eadheader>, optional <frontmatter>, and a required <archdesc> element, in that order.
The AUDIENCE attribute value may be set to "external" to display data in all subelements, unless the value is changed for a specific element. To facilitate use of EAD as XML Schema, an xmlns attribute may be switched on in the default DTD by making the following change:
archdesc, eadheader, frontmatter
May occur within:
The following elements constitute the minimum set of elements for an EAD instance (i.e., those required by the DTD). Although the Description of Subordinate Components <dsc> is not itself required, if it is used its type attribute must be set. See Appendix C for fully encoded examples.
<ead> <eadheader> <eadid>[...]</eadid> <filedesc> <titlestmt> <titleproper>[...]</titleproper> </titlestmt> </filedesc> </eadheader> <archdesc level="fonds"> <did>[...]</did> <dsc type="combined">[...]</dsc> </archdesc> </ead>
May 26, 2006