In linking elements <extptrloc>, <extrefloc>, etc. available within
<daogrp> and <linkgrp>, there is a "label" attribute that, according to
the XLink Specifications (http://www.w3.org/TR/xlink/) "...provides a way
for an arc-type element (<arc> in EAD) to refer to it in creating a
In EAD, the "label" attribute is defined as a "...display label ... when
a meaningful label cannot be derived by the style sheet from the element
name or when a heading element <head> is not available".
This seems to be an inconsistent use of this attribute and it is not
included under "linking attributes" although it clearly has that role.
Should these attributes have different names in a future release of the
EAD DTD to distinguish the two usages?
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