On Tue, 22 Jul 2003 16:24:51 -0700, "Karen Coyle" <[log in to unmask]>
> At 08:42 AM 7/22/2003 -0800, Bruce D'Arcus wrote:
> >True enough.  I just think MODS ought not to enforce this sort of thing
> >for creation of new records.  I remember there was a specific
> >recommendation for dealing with dates awhile back that might be good to
> >come back to, and also apply to names.
> If some cataloging community wants to input their dates as "c. 1654" that
> should be ok. MODS is a structure for metadata, not an enforcer. I think
> you are confusing the structure with the cataloging rules. MODS should
> enable, but not prevent.

I probably wasn't being clear.  By saying MODS "enforces" I am simply
meaning that there is, AFAIK, not any facility to indicate in MODS "this
is an unsure date, the name of the author of this record is unknown."

I am thinking about stuff like:

<date qualifier="unsure">1923</date>


<namePart qualifier="unknown"/>

Surely there are better terms than those I use above, of course...


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