> I have exactly the opposite reaction. Punctuation is either a leftover
> from producing cards from MARC records and is irrelevant now, or
> indicates that multiple values have been composed into a single string
> and the punctuation delimits those values. Either way, I want that
> punctuation gone.
As I said in an off list discussion with J. McRee Elrod, punctuation in
many MARC fields serves to separate semantic elements that will be
represented separately in BibFrame: the need for punctuation is
Do not confuse punctuation used to /display/ a set of data with
punctuation used to /encode/ that data in a 50 year old system. While
current general-purpose RDF displays show separate fields, nothing says
a domain-specific system (e.g., an ILS) can't display the same
information in a more compact or natural way.