Does anyone have any thoughts on what the difference between the
following might be? I'm referring to how one might best represent
information about a component which is a folder.
<unitloc loctype=container containert=folder></unitloc>
<unittitle>Academic Affairs, General</unittitle>
<unitloc loctype=container containert=folder>
<title>Academic Affairs, General
These seem to me to be the 2 ways that the DTD allows one to handle
calling a component a "folder" and giving it a name and a date. Neither
seems like a good solution to me and I'm wondering if someone might be
able to enlighten me a bit.
In Example 1, the tagger is forced to use <unitloc> to establish that
this component is a "folder", but essentially has to leave the tag empty,
since <unitloc> can't contain <unittitle> or <unitdate>. Is that
correct? Is it "legal" to use a tag that surrounds no text? If SGML is
supposed to make text "smart" this approach to getting the information
that a component is a folder into the <did> seems wrongheaded to me.
In Example 2 the tagger can embed the label and extent date of a folder
inside of the tag identifying that component as such. This seems (in my
admittedly limited knowledge) to be a truer representation of what SGML
ought to be able to do (take advantage of nested information) than
Example 1, where the relationships between the tag establishing the fact
that a component is a folder, the label of the folder, and the extent
date for the materials contained in the folder are established solely by
these tags all being contained within the same <did>. But I'm not sure
if, in Example 2, the use of the generic <title> and <date> don't loose
me some of the power of being able to identify label/date information
about a component unit.
I'm wondering why it is that <unittitle>/<unitdate> can't be contained
within <unitloc> if it is this tag that established the fact that a
particular unit is a folder, etc.? And if my 2nd example isn't a good
approach, does anyone have any thoughts on when being able to embed
<title> and <date> inside of <unitloc> might be useful? Is <unitloc>
only for tagging folder/box/etc. numbering information and, if so, what
should a repository do when they don't number folders?
This may have been addressed in the past on this list, but I'm pondering
over how to proceed and can't find anything relevant in my saved EAD list
messages. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated!
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