John Hostage wrote:
> How useful would that information be in either case? If you have a
> record that uses more than one convention, wouldn't you have to know
> which elements follow which convention? Otherwise, the information
> that more than one convention was used is not very helpful.
> Shouldn't a cataloger choose a convention to follow and more or less
> stick to it? There will always be extensions and variations, as
> there always have been.
I think the example of following RDA but also applying rare book
conventions is likely to occur, and the information is worth having --
if only to curtail the tendency to want to "correct" by expunging
ancillary information transcribed within statement of responsibility,
and (where ISBD punctuation is included) to justify transcribed punctuation.
> But if we must use multiple codes, it seems better to make the
> subfield repeatable than to create an endless series of combination
Indeed. Once upon a time we had language codes in 041 combined within a
single subfield -- and those codes were of standard length; codes for
040 $e are of variable length. Let's make it easy, please, with
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