Just curious, what is your biggest challenge with EAD? I've heard some hype that it's just not worth it? Is it compatible with oxygen? Kind Regards, Betsy A. Merricks Interlibrary Loan Smith Library High Point University 833 Montlieu Ave. High Point, NC 27262-3598 336-841-9170 336-841-5123 (fax) [log in to unmask] Go Panthers! ________________________________ From: Encoded Archival Description List on behalf of Hanno de Vries Sent: Tue 7/31/2007 11:12 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: attributes in <unitdate> 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 Visit www.highpoint.edu ... At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. Visit www.highpoint.edu ... At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people.