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> From: B.K. DeLong[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 1998 4:00 PM
> To: Multiple recipients of list EAD
> Subject: Need recommendations/guidence for EAD implementation
> Hello all,
> I recently started working with Janet Murray at the MIT Center for
> Educational Computing Initiatives on her Jewish Women Archives project
> she's decided she wants to archive it into a database. At the same
> time, we
> have agreed that we want to develop an XML-compatible markup to denote
> archival material, (for future use.)
> I started looking through the DTD on LOC's FTP site and found it
> several entity declarations but no actual XML DTD. I guess my biggest
> problem is that I came into the picture with my background purely in
> and what I new of SGML was that it was the basis for XML but nothing
> A few questions that I need help answering:
> 1. How would I reference ead.dtd in an XML file? Like a normal Doc
> type Dec?
Sure. xml is just a form of sgml after all. There are a few
differences that need to be addressed. These are in the text for the
new application guidelines which I don't have here at work but which I
will post to the list tomorrow.
> 2. In examining the SGML tag set for EAD there are hundreds of
> elements to
> choose from. How do I know what would be best to use for our project?
You need the EAD Tag Library, available from the Society of American
Archivists. See also the Summer and Fall 1997 issues of the American
> 3. Should I go ahead and create my own DTD based on the tags we will
> using from the EAD DTD?
Well of course one can always create one's own DTD but then you lose any
opportunity for interchange with others. Guess it depends on what you
want to do with the data. thoough in any event, why would you want to
create a new DTD that is a subset of EAD instead of just using a subset
of EAD directly?
> Any help or guidance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
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