[techbooks] REVIEW: "Encoded Archival Description Tag Library, Version 1.0",
- BKEADTAG.RVW 991008
"Encoded Archival Description Tag Library, Version 1.0", Society of
American Archivists, 1998, 0-931828-44-9, U$25.00
%A Society of American Archivists
%C 527 S. Wells St, 5th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607
%I Society of American Archivists
%O U$25.00 312-922-0140 fax: 312-347-1452 info@...
%P 262 p.
%T "Encoded Archival Description Tag Library, Version 1.0"
Those familiar with the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML)
will recognize its great flexibility with respect to organizing data.
The Encoded Archival Description (EAD) is an SGML "application" for
filing information about archival materials and other collections.
This book takes the EAD Document Type Definition (DTD), and presents
it in a more "people readable" form.
The content is still highly formal and technical. Those without a
strong SGML background will find it very heavy going. However, the
persistent reader will be able to pick up some interesting points,
while slogging through the text. (In fact, for those not used to
fighting their way through DTDs, it may be found that the introduction
and EAD design principles are best understood after reading through
the overview of the EAD structure.)
There is some explanation of the tag library conventions, and a
listing of attributes. The main body of the work, of course, is the
library of EAD elements, and their descriptions. This really is
merely a reformatting of the DTD.
copyright Robert M. Slade, 1999 BKEADTAG.RVW 991008
====================== (quote inserted randomly by Pegasus Mailer)
rslade@... rslade@... slade@... p1@...
Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having
children; life is the other way around. - David Lodge
http://victoria.tc.ca/techrev or http://sun.soci.niu.edu/~rslade