Date as a String
Date represented as text.
This element is typically used for dates for which months and years are not given (for example, “In apple blossom time”). While the <string-date> element may also be used for any date that is represented as a sequence of characters (i.e., “January, 2001”, “Fall 2001”, “March 11, 2001”), it is best practice, when possible, to tag the year, month, and/or day as numbers, so “January, 2001” would become:
... <month>01</month> <year iso-8601-date="2001-01">2001</year> ...
This Tag Set allows <string-date> both inside <date> and at the same level as <date>. This flexibility enables preservation of nearly any publisher’s structure.
<!ELEMENT string-date (#PCDATA %string-date-elements;)* >
Expanded Content Model
(#PCDATA | day | era | month | season | year)*
This element may be contained in:
In an element-style bibliographic reference (punctuation and spacing removed):
... <ref id="B12"> <label>[12 Lapeyre]</label> <element-citation> <string-name>Rene Lapeyre du Fontclaire Carnu, IV</string-name> <article-title>Foraminifera of the Lower Hellstooth</article-title> <source>Local Paleo</source> <string-date iso-8601-date="1924">Some time before <year>1924</year></string-date> <publisher-loc>Rockville, MD</publisher-loc> </element-citation> </ref> ...