Thank you Ruth.

I see that there is another stylesheet in this repository for transformations to pdf.     Please don't anyone use it.    Can Ruth or someone else please remove it?   It was written while EAD3 was still in development and undoubtedly contains code that is not valid with the final version of EAD3.

However, it would be an easy matter for someone to generate a new version for EAD3 transformations to pdf format.   How about someone volunteering to help the community and contribute such a stylesheet to the repository?  It would be a relatively simple matter and I would help as needed.

One would simply have to replace the html/css syntax in EAD3toHTML.xsl with the XSL-FO syntax from a newer version of EAD3toPDF that I would be happy to share with anyone who wants to try.   It would be an opportunity to expand your XSL skills with most of the picky, hard work (i.e. creating the page format flows) already done.  It may help you write better html/css as well.   Learn by example.  It's worked well for more than a 100 EAD and XSL workshops.

I'd do it myself but it will require more cut and paste with a mouse than my arthritis will tolerate.

Any volunteers?

Michael Fox

On Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 12:55 PM, Ruth Kitchin Tillman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Having looked it up, it's in this github repository which was circulated to the list around the time of its contribution. That said, as Michael says there may be some changes... and we'd love to have more here:

One can check the overall to find bookmarkable resources where you can either look for others' contributions or submit your own (via pull request or contacting one of the people with rights to the repository)


On Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 1:42 PM, Michael Fox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
A stylesheet, called EAD3toHTML.xsl, was contributed to the Roundtable over a year ago.  I don't know where, if anywhere, it can be found currently.   In any event, a copy of the file is appended to this email.

CAVEAT:  I have not looked at this file since Kris and I last taught the SAA EAD workshop last summer.  If I recall correctly, at that time we discovered something in the presentation resulting from this transformation that wasn't quite right.   But I can neither recall what it was nor can I recreate it, so I don't know if I have changed it or not since then.  Kelsey Shepard and Mike Rush have taught the workshop more recently.  Perhaps they can shed some light on the matter. 

If you use it and find something amiss, please let me know so that it can be corrected.

Michael Fox

On Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 10:54 AM, Ruth Kitchin Tillman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
We did not include them, although there was discussion about it. It was decided that this is a resource meant for learning and that the depth of description, while entirely accurate within EAD3 and sufficient for basic finding aids, did not reflect the full spectrum of EAD3 use. A good stylesheet has a lot more to take into account.

That said! The roundtable remains interested, as far as I know, in collecting use cases from the field including stylesheets (from a cookbook perspective). And a stylesheet or two may be added.

On Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 11:48 AM, Michele R Combs <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Does it include style sheets for rendering EAD3 into HTML or other outputs?  Or perhaps that’s a future goal :)


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Subject: EAD3 Toolkit


As announced at the annual meeting of the EAD Roundtable, the Steering Committee put together an introductory guide to valid EAD3 files. The starter toolkit can be found here:


It consists of three sample valid EAD3 files, which also meet DACS requirements for Required and Optimum levels of description (respectively called "minimum" and "optimum" in the filenames), and an element-by-element description of the elements and their use with links to the EAD3 tag library and DACS (as relevant). While the Steering Committee is aware that other content standards are used internationally, we felt the DACS integration was important for the Roundtable's SAA membership. We welcome pull requests to add versions which comply with other international standards or additional rows in the documentation table to cite other standards.


The toolkit documentation also contains a section on validating your EAD3 file, which may prove useful to those already familiar with EAD but validating against the RNG or XSD for the first time.



Ruth Kitchin Tillman, former EAD Roundtable co-chair