extrinsic element

n. The physical and formal characteristics that constitute a document's material nature and appearance, independent of its intellectual content.


Extrinsic elements include medium, script1, language, special signs, seals, and annotations.


InterPARES 2002, p. 5 Extrinsic elements refer to specific, perceivable features of the record that are instrumental in communicating and achieving the purpose for which it was created. For electronic records, these include: overall presentation features (e.g., textual, graphic, image, sound, or some combination of these); specific presentation features (e.g., special layouts, hyperlinks, colors, sample rate or sound files); electronic signatures and electronic seals (e.g., digital signatures); digital time stamps; other special signs (e.g., digital watermarks, an organization's crest or personal logo).