For the James Madison Carpenter project we've used entity references in the <DOCTYPE> statement of the 'master' document to call the 20-odd subdocuments. Unfortunately, Internet Explorer is the only browser that can handle this approach even though it's part of the XML spec. In practical terms I don't recommend it as the resulting 12MB EAD instance is unwieldy. For online presentation ( we've had to tear the EAD apart and serve it using a database so even though there is EAD underneath the presentation it is neither recognizable nor accessible to the wider EAD universe.

I'm not sure what a better approach for our project would have been, and it's far too late now to change it, but maybe our experience can inform your decision.

Bob Walser

On Feb 5, 2010, at 3:28 PM, Betts, Jennifer wrote:

Hello all,
Are there any repositories out there who are separating long finding aids into separate EAD files?  If so, would you mind sharing your documentation of that process?  I have an idea of how we might do it, but would like to see how other repositories are handling this.
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