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Amy,
    If by "template" you mean a template in a document authoring software
application like XMetaL, then your only option for controlling output is in
a stylesheet.   Anything you do within the authoring environment only
controls display within that software.

    With respect to instruction on XSLT, there have been a number of
discussions about advanced EAD training in this area.  I know that the SAA
education office would welcome any suggestions.

    The issues and options revolve around a series of questions- does this
training require hands-on, interactive instruction, if so, would it have to
be in-person or would one of the new technologies for distance learning be
employed, if that is possible, what would the logistics be, what would the
prerequisites be for such a course, who would develop the learning
materials, could one create something that would be just a mini-course- say
enough to modify something in the EAD Cookbook stylesheets, is that even
possible or does one really need a more fundamental understanding of XSLT
even to do a little tinkering.   And there are others.

    It would be interesting to hear from some of the self-taught XSL-enabled
archivists out there.

Michael

Michael J. Fox
Assistant Director for Library and Archives
Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Blvd West
St. Paul, MN 55102-2409
651-296-2150  (phone)
651-296-9961  (fax)
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-----Original Message-----
From: Amy McCrory [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2001 2:44 PM
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Subject: style sheets


A basic question about the role of style sheets in the presentation of
finding aids:

In a finding aid where a regularly occuring element will always be
presented a certain way, what is the best approach?  For instance, if I
want the <unittitle> in a <c02> to always appear in bold, should I
designate this in the template or with a stylesheet?

Also, I am interested in reading some guidelines for modifying style
sheets.  The information I have located so far is quite sophisticated,
geared toward people who already understand XSL and the like.  Is there
anything available that goes beyond the basic guidelines in the EAD
Cookbook--but not too far beyond?

Amy McCrory
Project Archivist
Cartoon Research Library
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43212 USA
(614) 292-0538