<legalstatus> Legal Status

<legalstatus> is used to encode the statutorily-defined status of the materials being described in the encoded finding aid. It may be used within <archdesc>, <c>, <c01> … <c12>, and itself.


  • @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.
  • @localtype – not required. This attribute may be used within a number of elements. Its use and values are not defined by the schema and may be defined locally.
  • @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

<legalstatus> may contain an optional <head> element. It must contain one or more of the following: <blockquote>, <chronlist>, <list>, <p>, <table>, and further <legalstatus> elements.


	<head>Legal Status of the Materials</head>
	<p>In compliance with British Ministry of Magic Statute 38, regulating the distribution of spell books, the Hogwarts reading room imposes special restrictions for the access and use of spell books in the collection. Reproduction is entirely prohibited. All other items fall under magical and muggle public domain laws.</p>

Changes from EAD 2002

<legalstatus> gained attributes @lang and @script. @type changed to @localtype. It is no longer used within <accessrestrict>, the only place it could be used in EAD 2002, and has been added to <archdesc> and <c>-type elements.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <legalstatus>