<physdescset> Physical Description Set

<physdescset> is a new EAD3 element used within <did> to group multiple <physdescstructured> elements which have the same total @coverage level, either a whole or a part of the collection. Its child elements may or may not be parallel. If not parallel, then they each describe a different part of the whole/part which is described by the <physdescset>, i.e. 15 videocassettes and 3 diaries. If parallel, then they may be different ways to describe the same things, whether in different languages or in different way. Each set must contain at least two <physdescstructured> elements. While neither @coverage nor @parallel are required, they should be used for best description.


  • @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.”
  • @coverage – not required. Indicates whether the set contains physical descriptions for the whole or just part of the collection. Possible values: whole, part.
  • @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.
  • @parallel – not required. Indicates whether the items contained in the set are parallel to each other or not. Possible values are: true, false.
  • @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

<physdescset> must contain at least two <physdescstructured> elements.


<physdescset coverage="whole" parallel="false">
	<physdescstructured coverage="part" physdescstructuredtype="materialtype">
		<quantity approximate="false">38</quantity>
		<physfacet>Original scrolls are written in iron gall ink.</physfacet>
		<dimensions localtype="width" unit="inches">18</dimensions>
	<physdescstructured coverage="part" physdescstructuredtype="materialtype">
		<quantity approximate="false">4</quantity>
		<physfacet localtype="binding">Rough, amateur binding. Delicate.</physfacet>
			<p>Original journals appear to have been made by an amateur, possibly
				Slytherin himself. The binding work is much rougher than on the spell
				books and they must be handled with care.</p>
	<physdescstructured coverage="part" physdescstructuredtype="materialtype">
		<quantity approximate="false">139</quantity>
	<physdescstructured coverage="part" physdescstructuredtype="materialtype">
		<quantity approximate="false">5</quantity>
		<unittype source="wizlib">spell books</unittype>
		<physfacet localtype="binding">Original spell books are hand-stitched in common
			leather with raised bands.</physfacet>

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <physdescset>