Date as a String


A date represented as text, i.e., just as a string of letters, numbers, and special characters


This element is typically used for dates for which months and years are not given (e.g., “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 better practice, when possible, to tag the year, month, and/or day as numbers, so “January, 2001” would become:


This Archiving DTD allows <string-date> both inside date and at the same level as date. This flexibility enables preservation of nearly any publisher’s structure. The tighter DTDs created from the base Suite may choose to use one or the other in preference.

Model Information

Content Model

<!ELEMENT  string-date  (#PCDATA %string-date-elements;)*            >


Any combination of:

This element may be contained in:

<date> Date; <history> History: Document History; <pub-date> Publication Date

Tagged Example

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