Yes, we use multiple <dsc> tags. The first one encapsulates our entire
container list. It is of type "analyticover" (for lack of a better
choice). Inside that tag we may have one or more other <dsc> tags, of
The first (encapsulating) <dsc> is used so that we can manipulate the
container list as a whole via the stylesheet (mostly it triggers a
heading at the top of the container list). The other <dsc> tags help us
form tables. Our container lists sometimes change their formatting right
in the middle, such as entries 1-100 needing a 3-column table for "box",
"folder", and "description" and entries 101-200 needing a 4-column table
for "reel", "box", "folder" and "description". We use the altrender
attribute on these <dsc> tags to identify how many columns the table has
so that the stylesheet can render the document correctly. As I recall,
transforming the XML file to HTML wasn't nearly as problematic as
transforming it to PDF, as far as the tables were concerned,
particularly column width.
It's been a couple of years since I created the stylesheet, and this
was the solution I came up with at the time. I found it frustrating that
there was no tag specifically for capturing an entire container list.
There might be a better way to deal with the problem.
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Here in France we are working on the translation of the Application
guidelines. During our last session, we have stumbled on a problem
regarding <dsc> and its attribute TYPE. (Interestingly, none of us using
EAD in France had so far met the problem).
The Application guidelines recommend to use only one <dsc>. We would
like to know if any one on the list has had to use several <dsc>, more
exactly a <dsc> within another <dsc>, or <dsc> within <c>, and what were
the reasons to do so.
Also, we are a little perplexed regarding the distinction between the
values "in-depth" and "combined" for TYPE. As far as we can tell by
looking at the examples given, the major difference between them is the
presence or absence of an element <scopecontent> before the description
And anyway, what is the real use of that TYPE attribute here?
We will welcome any clarification. Thank you all for your help.
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