I think we can all agree that "just" documenting practice was no small feat. But if our charge was indeed to come up with a standard, then we should have a standard that makes sense. Which (to me at least) means we should push for non-Latin variants of name headings to be added to authority files, along with all of other variant forms.
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I see variation in the Cyrillic community as well. Most of it I think is
caused by the technical capabilities of the transliteration macro. That
is, if the whole heading is in a Cyrillic language and the macro can
transform it all, catalogers are reluctant to take the time to go back and
un-Cyrillicize the qualifiers. Still attempting to impose the standard in
the case of Cyrillic (or other left-to-right scripts) would not be
unreasonable in my opinion.
And at least some HAPY variation is due to right-to-left technical
difficulties with dates and qualifiers and such. But in those cases, there
is no way the "standard" can be implemented, right? So maybe those options
can be moved down to the special languages section of the guidelines.
The real answer lies in authority records and a way to link non-Latin
variants to the controlled heading, for both searching and display. It's
not clear to me if a preferred non-Latin form is necessary for this, but I
would suspect it would make certain kinds of implementations a lot easier.
Our report is probably a prime piece of evidence of the trouble you get
into without good authority control mechanisms. PCC Standards should
use this as an opportunity to push that forward.
And I do think our charge was to come up with a standard, not just
document current practice. I remember one thing they were hoping for was
to provide consistency across scripts.
Diana Brooking (206) 685-0389
Cataloging Librarian (206) 685-8782 fax
Suzzallo Library [log in to unmask]
University of Washington
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On Fri, 14 May 2010, Robert Rendall wrote:
> Benjamin A Abrahamse wrote:
>> Re: "the amount of optionality in the guidelines could be reduced by making
>> some of the "optional" practices optional or mandatory for certain script
>> groups only", my impression was that we could not do this because there was
>> not a one-to-one correspondence between a given script/cataloging community
>> and a given "variant practice". That is to say some cataloging communities
>> (particularly HAPY) had more than a single variant in their practice.
> Right, but a lot of that variation is pretty much limited to HAPY. If we say
> everyone else is required to follow the "standard" practice, we'll eliminate
> a lot of optionality right off the bat without making anyone very unhappy.
> The idea of extending HAPY practices to e.g. CJK as an option was basically a
> suggested innovation. We could back off from that. And then we could see if
> PCC catalogers within individual HAPY script groups could agree on single
> preferred practices within their own communities. We can't make those
> decisions for them, but we can recommend that they try.