We use enumerated <c>'s but add a level attribute to designate "Series", "Subseries", "File", and "Item". Our stylesheet works doing this, although each level of subseries is treated typographically the same, which is something I haven't yet wrestled with.
Max J. Evans
Director, Utah State Historical Society
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Just curious: I wonder how widespread it is that folks use enumerated <c>'s? At Harvard we tend to use recurive <c>'s; then it doesn't matter that different finding aids have different "levels" (e.g. in one finding aid a folder description might be a <c02> and in another it might be a <c05>, depending on how many series and subseries there are). I should think it would make more sense to create a stylesheet that wouldn't have to be dependent on what "level" a <c> was in order to determine its display; the only info. that should be relevant is its relationship to the <c> element above and below it.
Is anyone else using recursive <c>'s with any success?
Susan von Salis
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Katherine Hayes wrote:
> I agree with Janis. We have finding aids on our web site with no series hierarchy, and began tagging using a <c01 level="file">. We also used additional component levels, still at the "file" level, if there was evidence of an intellectual hierarchy in the materials described. You can see how we displayed them at
One fine point to make. I think the approach outlined by Katherine seems really sound (no series, start with <c01 level="file">, etc., or even <c01 level="item"> if you're describing a collection that is just a small bunch of individual items)
I'm not sure I'm completely clear on the encoding that Janis Holder was suggesting, but the following quote:
"All our relevant information is actually input in the cO2 (Second Level) component, with nothing in the cO1 component", from her e-mail makes me nervous. If Janis was suggesting encoding an empty <c01> in order to put file-level information at <c02>, I'm not sure why that would be necessary? Why not just follow Katherine's suggestion and set the appropriate LEVEL attribute on <c01> and proceed from there?
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