For a few very large files, over 5Mb, we've got the repository to break the description down into series. This is the case with the Robert Graves Collection:
You can see the links to the sections under 'Arrangement'. This was done using the <archref> tag, and it works pretty well as its still semantically linked but easier for researchers to use.
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On 12 Nov 2013, at 15:36, Michele R Combs <[log in to unmask]>
> Hello collective wisdom --
> We have two EAD-encoded finding aids whose size is causing problems for some patrons -- their browser locks up or otherwise fails to load the file. We don't render on the fly; we create static HTML files. The problem is partly file size (one is 3.4M and the other is 5.8M), and partly that the inventory section is a ginormous HTML table (yeah, I know) which takes a lot to render and load in the browser.
> We've come up with a number of options, none of which I feel are ideal, so I'm curious if others have encountered this, how you chose to handle it, and what if any impact it had on search/discovery.
> Michele Combs
> Lead Archivist
> Special Collections Research Center
> Syracuse University Libraries
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