PLEASE NOTE: We are moving to a competely new Editor between Nov 2016 and June 2017, so our Editor pages are gradually being re-written. All contributors using the Editor will be contacted regarding moving onto the new Editor. New contributors will be set up on the new Editor.
The old Editor can be found at:
A login is required for access.
There is a Guide to Using the EAD Editor.
There are EAD Editor Help Pages but please be aware that these are currently for the old Editor, and they will not be entirely appropriate for the new Editor
The new Editor is currently located at:
This will change to something more user friendly.
To use the new Editor you need to contact us. We are implementing a controlled migration from the old to the new Editor.
A guide to using the new Editor is available as a document, but it is still under develoment.
Tips for using the Editor
If you cut and paste text, be aware that there can be issues with doing this. Different applications treat text in different ways. It can be advisable to save your text as plain text before pasting it into the Editor.
If you use the Internet Explorer browser, you need to be using version 9 or preferably version 10 or 11. You can use Firefox, Chrome or Safari browsers. The Chrome browser does not support native XML, so you would need to use the 'view source' option to see the EAD markup.
Please see the Guide to Using the Editor for information on encoding special characters.
If your special characters are displaying incorrectly, or you find rogue characters in your descriptions, it may be that you need to change your character encoding to Unicode (UTF-8). This option can be in different places in various browsers:
IE: open the 'page' menu, choose 'encoding', and select 'Unicode (UTF-8)'.
Firefox: 'view' menu, choose 'character encoding', select 'Unicode (UTF-8)'.
Please note: Firefox has an auto-detect for character encoding, which can reset your choice. If you find that your characters are reverting to incorrect displays, turn auto-detect off, or View ->Character encoding -> Customize List. Select UTF-8 in the right-hand list, and click move up to make it your default, or select Western (ISO-8859-1) and click remove.
Chrome: customise (spanner icon in top right) -> tools -> encoding 'Unicode (UTF-8)'.
The EAD Editor enables you to
- Create new descriptions by filling in a simple form
- Create collection-level and multi-level entries
- Add links to images and digital content
- Embed images in descriptions
- Save and store descriptions for subsequent editing
- Add formatting, lists and links
- Create persistent identifiers for each description
- View a tree structure of multi-level descriptions
- Upload EAD records from your local machine
- Create new users (if you are an administrator)