EAD Editor

Access the Editor

The Editor can be found at:


login is required for access. Please email us to request an administrator login for your institution. Administrators can create additional usernames.

You may also login as a guest.

Further Information and Help

We have a series of help pages at:


We have an audio tutorial at:


We have an introductory video about what you need to do before you can use the Editor, and showing you briefly how to start using the Editor:



Copying Text from Elsewhere

If you are copying from a word processing program, you will need to be aware that some characters (such as apostrophes) may not display correctly. We recommend that you save files as plain text files before copying them to avoid this problem.  You can create plain text files by: choosing 'save as -> type -> plain text' in your word processing software, or by using a plain text editor such as Notepad (PC) or TextEdit (Mac). Every computer will have a plain text editor like this that does not add hidden characters to the text, making it more portable between different systems.

Browser Requirements

If you use the Internet Explorer browser, you need to be using version 7 or later. Internet Explorer 6 is not suitable. 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.

The EAD Editor uses AJAX to create a dynamic experience, and therefore you will need Javascript enabled on your browser (the option to enable Javascript is usually found in the Tools menu of your browser).

Special Characters

There is an issue with displaying special characters in some browsers. If your special characters are displaying incorrectly, or you find rogue characters in your descriptions, you will 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)'.

When using special characters in your descriptions e.g. ä é & € please use the special character keyboard available from within the Editor. This ensures these characters are propoerly encoded so that they will display correctly in a browser.

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
  • Use a right-click menu to format descriptions
  • Create persistent identifiers (URL) 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)