<langmaterial> Language of the Material

<langmaterial> is an optional child element of <did> which specifies the language(s) in which the described materials were written and allows for description of the use through <descriptivenote>. Do not confuse with <languagedeclaration> in control, which specifies the language(s) in which the finding aid is written.

Attributes

  • @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.”
  • @encodinganalog – not required. May contain information to map this tag to a particular element in another schema.
  • @id – not required. Creates an ID for element. Can be used for linking.
  • @label – not required. This can be used when a meaningful display label for an element can’t be derived by the stylesheet from its name. It is available in all <did> subelements.
  • @lang – not required. Three-letter code that indicates the language in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 639-2b.
  • @script – not required. Four-letter code that indicates the script in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 15924.

Child Elements

<langmaterial> must contain at least one <language> or <languageset> element (and may contain more). It may also contain a <descriptivenote> used to explain the usage of the language(s).

DACS

See DACS Section 4.5, Languages/scripts of the material. Required. (DACS 2013, p.60)

Example

<langmaterial>
	<languageset>
		<language langcode="lat">Latin</language>
		<script scriptcode="zzzz">arcanumscript</script>
	</languageset>
</langmaterial>

Changes from EAD 2002

<langmaterial> gained attributes @lang and @script. Its child element options were reduced to either <language> or <languageset> and a possible <descriptivenote>. It has become much less prose-focused and more organized.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <langmaterial>