We have several collections for which it makes sense to sort the dsc
items alphabetically by text in the <unittitle>. At present, our
materials display reflecting a physical arrangement, which is reflected
in how we code our <c0x>.
Because we have a system that automatically generates an XML EAD file
from a database, all of our EADs are essentially coded the same. We're
looking for a solution that would allow us to display the finding aids
based on an attribute somewhere in the XML (ideally at the <c01
level="series"> and <c02 level=subseries">) that would indicate how to
display each series within a finding aid.
Our programmer is running into a roadblock with the XSL based on how we
code the <dsc type="in-depth"> I thought I would see if anyone else has
been successful in either a) having two or more style sheets that they
could potentially use to display the same XML in different ways and/or
b) displaying <dsc> c0s based based on an alphabetical (i.e.
Examples would be lovely, and I can provide more information about how
we code now, if people are interested. What I understand from the
programmer is that because we depend on the structure of the EAD to let
<c03> inherit information from <c02> and <c01>, rather than repeating
certain information at each level, it could make the XSL cumbersome and
bear-like. He is not entirely sure it's NOT possible, but I said I would
look around for examples while he worked on it.
Jennie A. Levine
Curator for Historical Manuscripts
Archives and Manuscripts Department
2208 C Hornbake Library
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
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