Leslie's note restates my earlier remarks about the conflicts in the use
of <did>, between it's defined role as idnetifying information and it's
potential tole as a summary overview. At least one of the digital
projects has been using the did <note> as a sort of abstract- a concept
that the development team consciously chose not to include.
As I said, thinl we need to do two things here- define an <abstract>
element and rethink the <did>'s role.
For my part, I like the summary concept with an abstract included. This
would provide a sharper and more useful defintion, distinguish between
short (one sentence or so) content notes that appear in container lists
and longer, full-fledged scope notes, would mean for the most part that
<did> would serve as the level wrapper within <c> that has been
proposed, and might reduce tagging.
>From: Leslie A. Morris[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
>Sent: Thursday, August 14, 1997 3:37 PM
>To: Multiple recipients of list EAD
>Subject: Re: <scopecontent> within <did>
>Bill Landis makes a useful point about what the <did> is, and it did make
>me go back and re-read some of the tag definitions again (which I seem to
>be doing a lot of recently!).
>My reason for putting <note>, and wanting to put <scopecontent>, inside
>the <did> is that it does seem to be information unique to that unit. And
>looking at the definition of <note>, it says it "provides additional
>information about the material described." <scopecontent> _summarizes_
>information about the material being described, implying that all that
>information is specified. So, as I read those two definitions, I seem to
>be right that statements such as "Includes photographs and clippings"
>belong properly in <note> and part of <did> since it is information unique
>to the unit.
>However, reading again the definition of <did> as "identifying fundamental
>descriptive information need to identify the component" then I'd have to
>say that neither <note> or <scopecontent> should be inside <did> because
>it's not "fundamental" (or it wouldn't be in a note).
>I seem to see a slight contradiction in the DTD here, about what is
>"fundamental" and what isn't. And perhaps more discussion will clarify
>what the real purpose, in SGML terms, is of the <did>, and whether we can
>do without it (in part) as Kris Kiesling has suggested.
> On Wed, 13 Aug 1997, Bill Landis wrote:
>> On Wed, 13 Aug 1997, Leslie A. Morris wrote:
>> > <c><did><unitid>(1)</unitid><unititle><persname>James, Henry.
>> > </persname>Letters to <persname>Florence Pertz,
>> > newspaper clipping and photograph.</p></scopecontent></did></c>
>> > Intellectually, the info in the <scopecontent> above is part of the
>> > but is not now valid there. We have, instead, been using the generic
>> > <note>, which *is* valid within <did>. I personally am happy using
>> > "note", but can see why some might prefer the more specific
>> > <scopecontent>.
>> I'm not so sure I agree with Leslie Morris that the info. bundled by the
>> <did> and the <scopecontent> in the example above are the same. One
>> assumes that the information in the <did><unittitle> is identifying
>> information unique to this particular file or whatever level attribute is
>> set on the <c> tag, in other words--the info. that distinguishes it from
>> all the other <c><did><unittitle> combinations in this finding aid. The
>> information in the <scopecontent> is not of a uniquely identifying nature,
>> but just describes what kinds of items (besides the letters) are also in
>> this particular file. The <scopecontent> is currently available for use
>> in the <c> (right after the </did> is where were using it), I'm not sure
>> why it is necessary to move it into the <did>? Is it critical for some
>> reason that the <scopecontent> information listed above be inside the
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>Leslie A. Morris
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>Houghton Library, Harvard University
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