<conventiondeclaration> Convention Declaration

<conventiondeclaration> is a new element in EAD3 and an optional child element of <control>. It wraps <citation> elements used to identify rules or conventions (such as DACS) used to compile the description along with an abbreviation or description for them. The required <citation> may be paired with an <abbr> element to specify an abbreviation (DACS for Describing Archives: A Content Standard) and a <descriptivenote> to specify how the rules/conventions were used. It should be used separately for each convention cited.

If conventions used are defined locally, use <localtypedeclaration> instead.


  • @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.
  • @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

<conventiondeclaration> must contain a <citation> element. However, its elements must be used in the following order, if used:

Adjacent Elements

<conventiondeclaration> is preceded by an optional <languagedeclaration> and may be followed by an optional <localtypedeclaration> and <localcontrol>. The next required element after those elements is <maintenancehistory>.


	<citation href="http://www2.archivists.org/standards/DACS" lastdatetimeverified="2014-03-01T16:30:21Z" linktitle="DACS in HTML on SAA website" actuate="onload" show="new">Describing Archives: a Content Standard</citation>
		<p>DACS was used as the primary description standard.</p>

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <conventiondeclaration>