<defitem> Definition List Item

<defitem> is a formatting element used to pair a <list> entry (<label>) with its definition/description/explanation (<item>). As such, it only appears within <list>. LoC notes that such lists are often formatted in two columns.


  • ALTRENDER – not required. Use if the content of the element should be displayed or printed differently than the rendering established in a style sheet for other occurrences of the element.
  • AUDIENCE – not required. Use to set whether the element’s contents will be visible to external users or to internal ones. Possible values are: “internal” and “external.”
  • ID – not required. Creates an ID for element. Can be used for linking.


Each <defitem> contains an <item> and a <label> element.


In this case, we’re using the list to define abbreviations used within the finding aid.

<list type="deflist">
		<item>Massachusetts Institute of Technology</item>
		<item>Peace Corps Volunteer</item>

EAD tag library entry for <defitem>.