contains a date in any format.
any date written on the document (by the issuer, by the recipient, by an archivist or by anybody else) or given by the editor.
While used as direct child of <chDesc> it is understood as the date of issuing the charter as it is seen be the editor.
Attributes: id, lang, calendar, value, certainty
<date value="1980-02" certainty="approx">early February 1980</date>
Given on the <date value="1977-06-12">Twelfth Day of June
in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and
Seventy-seven of the Republic the Two Hundredth and first
and of the University the Eighty-Sixth.</date>
<date value="1990-09">September 1990</date>
(TEI, 2004-06-15 13:31:55)
Do we need a specialized element for the date of issue of a document?
(GV, 2004-07-19 19:47:58)
In general: in my eyes, we should use more often different elements for different things; for example: to distinguish between the date of the charter and all other dates that are named within the text of a charter, or a line break in the original charter and a line break in a book where the charter is edited etc.
(Karsten Uhde, 2007-02-20 16:15:04)