<descriptivenote> Descriptive Note

<descriptivenote> is a new element in EAD3. It is an optional child element used within <conventiondeclaration>, <dao>, <daoset>, <langmaterial>, <languagedeclaration>, <languageset>, <localtypedeclaration>, <maintenanceagency>, <physdescstructured>, <relation>, or <source> to provide general descriptive information. It should be used for note-type data which cannot be incorporated into the descriptive element. Undifferentiated <note> from EAD 2002 was deprecated. Do not confused with <odd>.


  • @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

<descriptivenote> must contain one or more <p> elements to encode any or all content.

Adjacent Elements

No matter the parent element, <descriptivenote> is always used in a required sequence and is always the optional, final element in its parent element. It may only be used once within its parent element.


	<relation id="hhuf" relationtype="cpfrelation" actuate="onrequest" show="new" href="https://eadiva.com/hogwarts-cpf/H.001.xml">
		<relationentry>Hufflepuff, Helga</relationentry>
			<p>Co-founder of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While not the most combative, her acceptance of all students willing to learn was the most at odds with Slytherin's pure blood philosophy.</p>
	<relation id="ggry" relationtype="cpfrelation" actuate="onrequest" show="new" href="https://eadiva.com/hogwarts-cpf/G.001.xml">
		<relationentry>Gryffindor, Godric</relationentry>
			<p>Co-founder of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Initially a good friend and correspondent of Salazar Slytherin, Gryffindor later cut ties over their disagreement concerning acceptance of muggle-born students.</p>
	<relation id="rrav" relationtype="cpfrelation" actuate="onrequest" show="new" href="https://eadiva.com/hogwarts-cpf/R.001.xml">
		<relationentry>Ravenclaw, Rowena</relationentry>
			<p>Co-founder of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.</p>

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <descriptivenote>