<string-date> 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:
<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.

Base Attributes

Models and Context
May be contained in
Any combination of:
Content Model
<!ELEMENT  string-date  (#PCDATA %string-date-elements;)*            >
Expanded Content Model

(#PCDATA | day | era | month | season | year)*

Tagged Sample

Element citation

<ref id="B12">
 <label>[12 Lapeyre]</label>
  <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
  <publisher-loc>Rockville, MD</publisher-loc>