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Bob,

Your posting comes as welcome information, since I'm also looking at
encoding a large document.  Would you mind sharing how you did this with
the Toscanini finding aid--that is, could you show us the actual code you
used to make the "break"?

Also, can anyone comment on their experiences using the method described in
the EAD Application Guidelines, of using <archref> to establish and link a
parent file with series files?  (Described in section 7.3.3.2.)

Amy McCrory
Project Archivist
Cartoon Research Library
Ohio State University



At 08:37 AM 11/6/01 -0500, you wrote:
>I've worked (and am currently working on) finding aids that are two to
>three hundred pages or more.  As far as I can tell, the main problem with
>long finding aids is not really a structural one, but rather that it takes
>a long time for the pages to load in one's viewer/browser, especially if
>one is using a 56K modem.
>
>I'm not sure this is entirely the proper way, but what I've done for some
>of our huge finding aids is to "reinterpret" some of the structural
>elements.  Specifically, since in large finding aids the <c02 level
>="subseries"> element leads to section breaks, I used that feature to
>"break" the finding aid into smaller sections alphabetically.
>
>You can see what I've done with the scores that belonged to conductor
>Arturo Toscanini:
>
>http://149.123.1.7/dynaweb/ead/music/mustoscanin/
>
>
>The paper finding aid for the papers of conductor Bruno Walter was also
>rather long (over 200 pages) but I didn't resort to that "breaking"
>technique.  Thus, the bulk of the collection (in Series 1) results in a
>long loading time.  Try it and see what you think:
>
>http://149.123.1.7/dynaweb/ead/music/muswalter/
>
>
>Lastly, for an example of a finding aid (with only a single series) that
>was rather long WITHOUT breaks, look at our collection of broadsides:
>
>http://149.123.1.7/dynaweb/ead/music/musbroadsides/
>
>
>Though I say "what I've done," I would be remiss in not acknowledging the
>help and assistance of my coworkers at my institution.
>
>
>Bob Kosovsky, Librarian
>Music Division -- The New York Public Library
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