I encourage you to take a look at the EAD Cookbook
(, which will
answer virtually all these questions.  The Cookbook contains templates for
XMetaL,  stylesheets for display and conversion to HTML, and step-by-step
instructions for setting things up.

As to how and where your encoded finding aids will be displayed, that's up
to you.  Your institutional web site is a good place.


At 04:20 PM 2/28/01 -0800, you wrote:
>     My administration has asked for more information about XMetal software
>before agreeing to purchase it to input EAD-encoded finding aids.  Can
>someone out there answer these questions more clearly that I could?
>1.  Sounds like XMetal software will have to be configured for EAD.  Who
>will do that?
>2.  If the finding aids are put in EAD, using XMetal, how and where will
>they be displayed.  They will probably be converted into HTML; does XMetal
>do that as well?
>   I know it doesn't, but can somebody explain that step and any systems
>support that is required to do it?
>3.  What kind and how much technical support from the Systems Division
>in the Library is required to create EAD-encoded finding aids, select an
>appropriate XSL  stylesheet, transform the EAD files into HTML and mount
>files for web access.
>Thank you for your assistance.
>George Brandak
>Curator of Manuscripts
>University of British Columbia Library - Special Collections and
>University Archives Division
>Ph. 604-822-2232  Fax:  604-822-9587
>e-mail:  [log in to unmask]

Kris Kiesling
Chair, SAA EAD Working Group
Chair, SAA Standards Committee
Head, Department of Manuscripts and Archives
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX  78713-7219
Voice:  (512) 232-4614
Fax:  512.471.9646
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