IMO, with the exception of <p> and other places where leaving ending
punctuation off wouldn't make sense (abbreviations, etc.), I think that
it's best to encode "data only" and leave any extra ending punctuation
to the stylesheet. If you want to repurpose your data in any way, you
may not want that extra punctuation and it's much easier to have a
stylesheet add punctuation when needed rather than strip it out when
it's not wanted or desired. Case in point...
We autogenerate several "browse" lists from our EAD finding aids,
including creator, collection, and subject terms.
Leaving off extraneous ending punctuation allows us to easily repurpose
our data and generate these lists without a lot of extra processing.
I know that not all institutions are in the position to make stylesheet
changes that might be required, so obviously some decisions are being
driven by the amount of support that is available and the overall
consensus of the archival community. I do note that in the examples at
the back of DACS, ending punctuation is included on the end of
controlaccess terms in some examples but not all. So there doesn't
appear to be any consensus, at least down to this level of detail.
There was a discussion several months back about that lack of
granularity in controlaccess terms and several workarounds were
proposed. You might search the archives for that discussion.
Computer Support Analyst
Special Collections Division
University of Washington Libraries
Seattle, WA, 98195
Michele Combs wrote:
> Hello all --
> I'm wondering how tightly others are trying to match their EAD records
> to MARC punctuation conventions. For example, do you end the
> archdesc/did/unittitle contents with a period, as required for MARC
> field 245? Do you end the contents of <origination> with a period as
> required for MARC field 100 or 110? Or use the double dashes in the
> controlaccess subelements? Etc etc etc.
> Thanks --
> Michele R. Combs
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