EAD Tag Library for Version 1.0

EAD Elements: <tspec> Table Specification


A formatting element that contains subelements that describe how the columns will be arranged in a complex tabular finding aid layout. The Table Specification <tspec> element has at least one Column Specification <colspec> for each column in the table. The <colspec> can be followed by one or more optional <spanspec> elements to specify columns formed by spanning more than one column.

Four specialized tabular elements work together to preserve the hierarchically indented appearance of printed container lists and descriptions of series. Many online finding aids do not need to preserve these strict layouts and can rely on indented Component <c> elements to distinguish subordinate parts of Components <c> and associate them with the appropriate <container> or <unitid>. Table Specification <tspec> contains the column setting elements <colspec> and <spanspec> that comprise the basic layout. Table Head <thead> contains the column heads. Display Row <drow> is part of a Component <c> and groups information that constitutes a row in the table. The Display Entry <dentry> element is part of a <drow> and identifies one cell in the tabular display by containing elements that designate the cell's content, for example, <unittitle> or <unitid>.

The <tpsec> element has no attributes.

The tabular display features that may be used within <dsc>, such as Table Specification <tspec>, are not included in the default version of the DTD. To "switch on" these elements, change the value of the parameter entity "%tabular" in the ead.dtd and eadgrp.dtd files from IGNORE to INCLUDE and the value of the parameter entity "%nontabular" from INCLUDE to IGNORE.

For additional information about using these specialized tabular elements, consult the EAD Retrospective Conversion Guidelines at the University of California, Berkeley: <http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/amher/upguide.html>.

May contain:

colspec, spanspec

May occur within:




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