>There has been a bit of discussion on this list and we will consider the
>changes suggested. These are: parsing names into family name and given
>name, etc.; allowing for alternate graphics (although it is not clear that
>this is necessary);
Alternate graphics is so 1980's. You are either defining a next generation
bibliographic standard or you are reimplementing MARC in XML. The latter has
already been done with a schema and DTD available on the LC web site. See:
While the manner in which MODS is evolving is certainly in the spirit of an
open community process, there is the danger of trying to appeal to everyone.
An important design consideration within MODS is to simplify MARC, not
reproduce it in XML form.
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