SGML: Usage guidelines for EAD

SGML: Usage guidelines for EAD

From Thu Aug 22 08:09:02 1996
Subject: Usage guidelines for EAD


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The EAD (Encoded Archival Description) Forum is an unmoderated electronic mail
posting service created to facilitate the exchange of information about the
SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) DTD (Document Type Definition)
being developed for archival finding aids.  Developers and implementers of the
EAD DTD are welcome to join the forum and share their ideas and experiences
with using SGML for finding aids.  SGML is based on document structure and an
encoding syntax defined in ISO 8879, the international standard for encoding
electronic documents.  SGML was selected as the basis for creating encoded
(electronic) finding aids since it represents a key component in electronic
documentation worldwide, particularly via the Internet.  As a non-proprietary
standard, SGML and the EAD implementation of it, should allow different
producers of archival finding aids to share in electronic form documentation
and information about the collections they describe.

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