Using XML Editor

Steps to create a TARO-ready finding aid using an XML editor such as Oxygen, XMetal, or Notepad++.

These directions assume a general understanding of how to work with XML and are for schema-compliant EAD XML files. Please note that TARO is in the process of converting from the old style dtd-compliant EAD XML files to schema-compliant EAD XML files.

Set up:

Files you will need

  •  For Schema Repositories only (download zip of files)                                  -ead.xsd  is the schema file                                                                                        -xlink.xsd supports links                                                                                              -ead.css                                                                                                                                -schema2.xsl is a stylesheet you may use to preview your files            as you encode them-                                                                                                  -taro-aid.css


  • XMetal Users:  (download zip of files)-ead.dtd (place in rules folder)                                                                                                                                       -ead.mcr (place in macros folder)                                                                         -ead.ctm (place in rules folder)                                                                               -ead.css (place in display folder)                                                                             -charentmap.xml (place in main XMetal 3 folder)                                       -eadcbs2.xsl (save to the display folder for use as a preview                 stylesheet)                                                                                                                         -taro-aid.css (save to the display folder)


  • Non XMetal Users: (download zip of files)(keep in same directory with xml files)                                                                                                                       -ead.dtd                                                                                                                                 -ead.css                                                                                                                                 -eadcbs2.xsl                                                                                                                       -taro-aid.css

Creating EAD Finding Aid

  • Begin editing with an EAD template file if desired (download a SCHEMA compliant XML finding aid template)
  • Open the template file in the editor. (Note: If your set up is correct, the template should show up as being valid – use the validation tool to make sure)
  • Follow TARO Best Practices Guidelines to encode the finding aid
    • be sure to encode the <eadid> tag according to the guidelines, and that when you save your work, your filename is made to match the value in the <eadid>
    • how do TARO filenames work?
  • Check that your file is valid, using the XML editor’s validation tool, and save it

Uploading to TARO


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