EAD2HTML: Transforming your Finding Aids with XSL

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Course Description

Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL), is a powerful tool for transforming XML documents into other formats. This workshop focuses on applying XSL to transform Encoded Archival Description (EAD-Version 3) finding aids into valid HTML5 files viewable on the web.

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Archivists and technical staff interested in publishing EAD finding aids as HTML pages.

During the workshop, students will build a complete stylesheet for EAD and apply it to a supplied finding aid. Before taking this workshop, we strongly suggest that students possess a level of training or experience equivalent to completion of the following Amigos workshop: EAD3: the Basics, and experience or training in creating/editing basic HTML web pages. Knowledge of CSS is recommended, but not required.

Learning Objectives

Goals for this workshop include:

  • Distinguish between XSL, XSLT, XPath, CSS, and HTML5
  • Describe a variety of XSL elements and their function in transforming EAD to HTML
  • Select and manipulate EAD nodes using abbreviated and full XPath
  • Troubleshoot XSL stylesheets
  • Create an XSL stylesheet and use it to a transform a supplied finding aid to HTML5
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Session Information
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This course consists of three 2-hour sessions.
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