A couple of queries relating to EAD, in case someone has come up
1) Has anyone come up with a way to separate main index terms from
subsidiary terms - for example, we may want a main index heading for
a personal name, and then subsidiary terms to indicate letters of, diaries
by etc. Our present thought is simply to have a list within the
<controlaccess> element, list the main index entry in a <persname> etc
tag, and the subsidiary term as free text within the rest of the <item> element,
but this is definitely a messy fudge.
2) One quirk of our MSS catalogues here is that indexes are often much
more detailed than the catalogue entries, and index terms will often point
to individual folio numbers not given explicitly in the catalogue itself - for instance a
catalogue entry may refer to a range of letters, and there may be a separate
index entry referring to one of these only by folio number. How can we encode
these folio numbers which are not mentioned in the catalogue entry itself? It
may be useful to consider allowing <unitid> elements to be handled as phrase
level elements like <unittitle> etc, so that a <unitid> element could be put within
a <controlaccess> list, but this is not currently possible, so I wonder if anyone
has come up with a solution using the DTD as it is now?
Thanks for any suggestions!
Bodleian Library Oxford