<localtypedeclaration> Local Type Declaration

<localtypedeclaration> is an optional child element of <control> which may be used to provide information about local conventions or local controlled vocabularies. Its use is parallel to <conventiondeclaration>, which is used for standardized conventions such as DACS. It may be used as many times as necessary to record all relevant conventions.


  • @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

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

The <abbr> should be used later refer to the cited standard, particularly in @localtype elements which make use of the conventions cited.

Adjacent Elements

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


  <citation>Piecemaking University Archives Controlled Terms for Processing</citation>
    <p>This internal manual documents appropriate terms to be used in localtype attributes and contains an FAQ for which controlled terms should be used to describe component levels of description, when bulk dates should be used alongside inclusive, etc.</p>

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <localtypedeclaration>