<term> Term

<term> is a new element in EAD3 and an optional child element of <localcontrol> used to specify a descriptive term in accordance with local rules. For example, one use <term> to define “minimum” for @localtype “detaillevel.”


  • @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.
  • @identifier – not required. A machine-readable unique identifier related to the content of the element. On access terms and other elements whose content is drawn from an authority file, the unique identifier for the term being used. If this attribute is used, @source should also be used to identify the authority file.
  • @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.
  • @lastdatetimeverified – not required. Enter a date to specify the last date and time verified. Best practices format should be YYYY-MM-DD, up to YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss and with offset.
  • @rules – not required. Name of the descriptive rules or conventions that govern the formulation of the content of the element.
  • @script – not required. Four-letter code that indicates the script in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 15924.
  • @source – not required. Indicates the source from which the term was taken.
  • @transliteration – not required. Use this to indicate the conventions or rules that prescribe a method for converting from one script to another.

Child Elements

<term> may contain text.


<localcontrol localtype="descriptionlevel">
<localcontrol localtype="processinglevel">

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <term>