On Thu, 28 Mar 2002, Priscilla Caplan wrote:

I prefer Priscilla's option 3 because it seems closest to the
approved-yet-to-be-implemented solution for MARC which wraps nonfiling
characters in control characters.  If we build into MODS conversion a
mapping to the future MARC technique, we would be simplifying things in
the longrun.


> Two thoughts about <mods:title>.
> First, it seems there should be some standard way of dealing with initial
> (non-filing) articles.  I can think of several alternatives:
> 1.a.  Make a content rule:  "Omit initial articles."
> 1.b.  Add a subelement <displayForm> as for <mods:name>, for the full
> displaying form of title.
> 2.a.  Make a content rule: "Include initial articles."
> 2.b.  Add an attribute for the language of the title, so that applications
> that care can strip initial articles when they have to.
> 3.  Add a subelement for initial articles.  E.g.
> <title>
> <article>The</article>
> MODS test record example.
> </title>
> I mildly prefer 2 but it has the minor problem that the initial article
> would not be available when converting from a 246 field.

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