EAD (Encoded Archival Description ; Version 2002 Official Site)

Encoded Archival Description Tag Library, Version 2002

EAD Elements

<item> Item


A formatting element used in one of three contexts: as an entry in a simple, random, or ordered <list>; as part of a <defitem> inside a definition list; or as an entry within the <change> element. In the first instance, the <item> can be a number, word, or phrase. In a definition list, which is usually displayed as two columns, a <defitem> pairs a <label> with a corresponding <item> containing text that defines, describes, or explains the terms or other text tagged as the <label>. In the <eadheader> <revisiondesc> <change> element, the <item> designates information about a revision to the finding aid and is often paired with a <date>.

Do not confuse with <chronitem>, which designates entries in a Chronology List <chronlist>.

See also related elements <list>, <defitem>, and <change>.

May contain:

#PCDATA, abbr, address, archref, bibref, blockquote, chronlist, corpname, date, emph, expan, extptr, extref, famname, function, genreform, geogname, lb, linkgrp, list, name, note, num, occupation, origination, persname, ptr, ref, repository, subject, table, title, unitdate, unittitle

May occur within:

change, defitem, list


AUDIENCE #IMPLIED, external, internal


   <eadheader langencoding="iso639-2b">
        <eadid>[...]</eadid> . . .
                <date normal="19970505">May 5, 1997</date>
                <item>This electronic finding aid was updated to current markup
                standards by Sarah Taylor using a perl script. Updates included: eadheader,
                eadid, arrangement of did elements and their labels.</item>
    <list type="deflist">
            <item>Autograph Letter Signed</item>
            <item>Typewritten Letter Signed</item>