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Dear EAD experts,
 

Just a practical question (with a philosophical dimension): 

What do the attributes "era" and "calendar" refer to? To the normalized date? Or to the date tagged with <unitdate>?
 
The following example may illustrate my point:
 
143C    	Compte du recouvrement fait pour le compte
            du comité des Colonies Occidentales de
            la République Batave de £ 162,313,4 sur le 
            commissaires de la Trésorie Nationale de France, 
            traites de l'ile de Curaçao du 22 Vendémiaire 
            an V à 20 cours de vue, lesquelles ont été 
            remboursées en rescriptions Bataves échues 
            en 1798.
            21 Floréal an VII
 
(translation: Reimbursement, on behalf of the Committee of the West Indian Colonies of the Batavian Republic, of £ 162,313,4 on the commissioners of the  National Treasury of France, bills of exchange from the island of Curaçao on 22 Vendémiaire Year V, against a current rate of 20, which were refunded by Batavian rescriptions expired in 1798.)

The unitdate is, of course, 21 Floréal an VII (May 10, 1799).



Should the <unitdate> in this case be encoded as follows:
<unitdate normal="17990510" era="ce" calendar="greg">21 Floréal an VII</unitdate> 
 
Or:
<unitdate normal="17990510" era="French_Republican" calendar="French_Republican">21 Floréal an VII</unitdate>




Kind regards,
Hanno de Vries
senior archivist
National Archives
The Hague / the Netherlands