Michael is correct concerning the intention of the parent attribute on
the <container>: it was intended to point to a <container> "parent" to
save having to repeat the box number over and over. It enables building a
container hierarchy without the hierarchy being explicitly expressed in the
<container id="b1" type="box>1</container>
<container parent="b1" type="folder">1-2</container>
<container parent="b1" type="folder">18</container>
I also think Michael's suggested solution elegantly solves the problem
originally raised, which was pairing a top-level <unitid> with each
<container type="folder"> in the output.
At 08:42 AM 8/2/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Daniel provides a clear example of how the encoding might work with the
>PARENT attribute. However, I believe that the original example, if I
>correctly understand it, is a misapplication of the attribute as defined in
>the Tag Library. Moreover, it my assumptions are correct, it is also
>unnecessary to achieve the effect you wish.
>First, let me state my assumptions about your example. Mss 97 is the
>identification of the collection as a whole of which the contents of folder
>40 is one part. You will probably have added Mss97 in a unitid element in
>the collection level <did>. For some containers, but not necessarily all,
>you wish to display the collection id number and the folder number
>explicitly along with the description of the folder's contents. Do I have
>When you reread the definition of the PARENT attribute in the Tag Library,
>you will see that the situation described above is not the one envisioned
>for the use of this attribute. Instead, it would be applied, for example,
>when a particular component contains only the explicit container
>identification for a folder and not for the box in which that folder is
>housed and you need to point to a container element in another component
>that contains the identification/number of that box.
>Actually, if all you wish to do is to insert the collection's id number
>along with the folder number in the description of components ( container
>list), you can do so with an XSL stylesheet without having to actually do
>any of this additional markup.
>While the exact XSL syntax of the template rule that would accomplish this
>might be structured in many different ways, it is a relatively simple matter
>to write a rule that would say in effect, whenever a container element is
>found, find the value of <ead><archdesc><did><unitid> and insert it just
>before the contents of the container element.
>Michael J. Fox
>Acting Assistant Director for Library and Archives
>Minnesota Historical Society
>345 Kellogg Blvd West
>St. Paul, MN 55102-2409
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> > From: Daniel Pitti[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2000 6:50 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: parent attribute
> > The PARENT attribute on <container> has the declared value IDREF, which
> > means that you need to reference an id on a "parent" element. The
> > following
> > will work:
> > <unitid id="mss97">Mss 97</unitid>
> > ...
> > <container parent="mss97" type="folder">Folder 34</container>
> > If you are using XSL to generate output, you would then easily be able to
> > provide the "Mss 97" prefixed to each container text, for example, output
> > might be
> > Mss 97: Folder 34.
> > I do not have time to show you the XSL at the moment, but it should not be
> > too difficult to figure out.
> > Daniel
> > At 04:53 PM 8/1/00 -0500, you wrote:
> > >A question, I have been reading the EAD Application Guidelines and Tag
> > >Library, and with regard to the parent attribute the emphasis on usage
> > seems
> > >to be for a box number.
> > >
> > >Well, we do not emphasis box numbers very much. Collections here are
> > >assigned what we call a manuscripts number and the collections are housed
> > on
> > >shelves in manuscript number order. So that when it comes to pulling
> > items
> > >and having researchers request items. The most important data for staff
> > is
> > >the collection number and folder number.
> > >
> > >We currently encoded the collection number as the <unitid>.
> > >
> > >If we would want as page 90 in the application guide lines suggestion to
> > be
> > >able to return to the reader not only a list of collection titles, but
> > the
> > >container location and specific component description within that
> > >collection. For us that would be the collection number and folder
> > number.
> > >Mss 97 folder 34.
> > >
> > >To finally get to my question, would it be wrong to place our collection
> > >number as a parent attribute in the folder <container> element?
> > >
> > ><container parent="Mss 97" type="folder"> Folder 34</container>
> > Daniel V. Pitti Project Director
> > Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
> > Alderman Library University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia
> > 22903
> > Phone: 804 924-6594 Fax: 804 982-2363 Email: [log in to unmask]
> > http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu
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Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
Alderman Library University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
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