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Greetings,

I am interested to see if people have been successful getting their EAD
documents to  display in the new Internet Explorer 5.0.  With some
machinations I have had success.  While there was a bit of effort, it was
simpler than the plugin problems.  Being able to serve up directly to the
browser was the fulfillment of the promise for so long.

My testing included no stylesheet for this (CSS or XSL) so IE displays the
tags basically like Explorer displays directories.  You can click on the
directory with a "+" and expand to see the tags within it or click on "-" to
shrink the subtags.  Finally, I must admit to some sloppiness.  I used the
EAD1.0 dtd with beta documents, so please overlook the testing compromises.

Using IE5.0 look at:

http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/libraries/archives/collections/test/

(brown.xml and kamphoef.xml are full length documents and take a second to
load, the others are collection level only and illustrate the effect a bit
faster)

Here is what I had to do to make it work:

1) have your server configured for the xml mime-type (text/xml  xml)

2) make sure the DOCTYPE tag includes the filename reference "ead.dtd" (be
careful of case) ex:
<!DOCTYPE EAD PUBLIC "-//Society of American Archivists//DTD ead.dtd (Encoded
Archival Description (EAD))//EN" "ead.dtd">

3) rename files with extension ".xml"

4) do the same with the EADID tag

5) include in the public identifiers the actual filename as follows:

<!ENTITY % eadbase               PUBLIC
"-//Society of American Archivists//DTD eadbase.ent (Encoded Archival
Description (EAD) Basic Declarations Version 1.0)//EN"  "eadbase.ent" >

<!ENTITY % eadchars              PUBLIC
"-//Society of American Archivists//DTD eadchars.ent (Encoded Archival
Description (EAD) Special Characters Version 1.0)//EN" "eadchars.ent" >

<!ENTITY % eadnotat              PUBLIC
"-//Society of American Archivists//DTD eadnotat.ent (Encoded Archival
Description (EAD) Notation Declarations Version 1.0)//EN" "eadnotat.ent" >

6) you will need to do the same with the SPECIAL CHARACTER ISO ENTITY SETS.
For testing, I simply commented these references out - which means I couldn't
display the copyright symbol and changed it in the documents to say
"copyright" instead.  Adding direct references would correct this I am sure.

Notes: For a review of IE5.0 look at www.xml.com.  Also, XML did not make it
into the help files of IE, so don't even try and look at documention.

I would love to hear other experiences with this,

Paul Kiel
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W. Paul Kiel
Interim Head
NCSU Libraries Special Collections
http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/libraries/archives/
Box 7111
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC  27695-7111
voice: 919.515.8119
fax: 919.515.3628
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