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<item> Item

<item> is a formatting element which may be used in three ways. First, it may be used as an entry in a <list> as a number, word, or phrase. Second, it may be part of a <defitem> inside a definition list, in which it is paired with a <label> which it defines/describes/explains. Third, it may be an entry within a <change> element, paired with a <date> element which indicates when the change described in <item> took place.

<item> should not be confused with <chronitem>, which pairs <date> and <event> elements in a <chronlist>.


  • 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.


<item> may contain PCDATA, as well as, <abbr>, <address>, <archref>, <bibref>, <blockquote>, <chronlist>, <corpname>, <date>, <emph>, <expan>, <extptr>, <extref>, <famname>, <function>, <genreform>, <geogname>, <lb />, <linkgrp>, <list>, <name>, <note>, <num>, <occupation>, <origination>, <persname>, <ptr>, <ref>, <repository>, <subject>, <table>, <title>, <unitdate>, and <unittitle>.


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>

A change:

		<date normal="20121204">December 4, 2012</date>
		<item>This finding aid was edited by Ruth Tillman in order to clarify contents in eadheader.</item>

EAD tag library entry for <item>.