<expan> Expansion

<expan> is a generic element which encodes the expanded form of a word, including acronyms. The @abbr attribute may be used to supply the abbreviated form of the word or words for indexing or searching, but it is not required. See also <abbr>.

<expan> may be used within <abstract>, <addressline>, <archref>, <author>, <bibref>, <citation>, <container>, <date>, <datesingle>, <didnote>, <dimensions>, <edition>, <emph>, <entry>, <event>, <fromdate>, <head>, <head01>, <head02>, <head03>, <item>, <label>, <materialspec>, <num>, <p>, <part>, <physdesc>, <physfacet>, <physloc>, <publisher>, <quote>, <ref>, <sponsor>, <subtitle>, <titleproper>, <todate>, <unitdate>, <unitid>, and <unittitle>.


  • @abbr – not required. May contain the abbreviation of the word.
  • @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.
  • @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

<expan> may only contain text.


  <head>Location of Originals</head>
  <p>File contains photocopies of the originals. Original newsletters are held by the <expan abbr="NARA">National Archives and Records Administration</expan> in accordance with <ref href="https://www.archives.gov/files/records-mgmt/rcs/schedules/independent-agencies/rg-0255/n1-255-92-004_sf115.pdf" linkrole="application/pdf"><abbr expan="National Archives and Records Administration">NARA</abbr> Request N1-255-92-004</ref>.</p>
<c level="item">
    <unittitle>Map of American Quilt Guilds</unittitle>
    <abstract>The map combines data from state directories and the <expan abbr="MQG">Modern Quilt Guild</expan>.</abstract>
    <materialspec localtype="scale">1:4,000,000</materialspec>
    <physdescstructured coverage="whole" physdescstructuredtype="materialtype">
      <dimensions localtype="width" unit="cm">88</dimensions>
      <dimensions localtype="height" unit="cm">90</dimensions>

Changes from EAD 2002

<expan> only had a few changes from EAD 2002, changing a few parent elements and gaining attributes @lang and @script.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <expan>