<ptr/> Pointer

<ptr/> is an empty linking element that uses attributes to provide links or references to files or other places within the finding aid. As an empty element, it cannot contain text or child elements. If the referenced object should be described, use <ref> instead.

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


  • @actuate – not required. Determines whether a link occurs automatically or must be requested by a user. Possible values: onload, onrequest, other, none.
  • @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.
  • @arcrole – not required. Specifies the role that a remote resource plays in the link.
  • @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.”
  • @entityref – not required. The name of a nonparsed entity declared in the declaration subset of the document that points to a machine-readable version of the cited reference.
  • @href –not required. May be used to designate a URI/URL for the material cited.
  • @id – not required. Creates an ID for element. Can be used for linking.
  • @linkrole – not required. Specifies the role that a remote resource plays in the link.
  • @linktitle – not required. Designates a title for the link.
  • @show – not required. Specifies when a link will be shown. Possible values are: new, replace, embed, other, none.
  • @target – not required. Designates an @id reference to the referenced object.
  • @xpointer – not required. The locator for a remote resource in a simple or locator link. The @xpointer attribute takes the form of a URI plus a reference, formulated in @xpointer syntax, to a sub-resource of the remote resource. @xpointer enables linking to specific sections of a document that are relative, i.e., based on their position in the document or their content, rather than by reference to a specific identifier such as an @id.

Child Elements



<ptr target="ggry" show="replace" actuate="onrequest" linktitle="Relationship to Salazar Slytherin"/>

Changes from EAD 2002

Other than a few changes of parent elements, from deprecation and addition, <ptr/> hasn’t changed since EAD 2002.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <ptr>