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Matthias Steffens wrote:
>
> I see your point. However, I thought that the recommended way of
> encoding total number of pages in MODS was:
>
>  <extent unit="pages">
>    <total>402</total>
>  </extent>
>   
OK, now I've gone back and looked at the documentation, and there isn't 
anything called "number" -- just start, end, total, list. Number is in 
the "detail" field, and to me, using "detail" here rather than "extent" 
doesn't make much sense. Detail appears to be for the enumeration of 
serials. Enumeration is different from extent. I could imagine "detail" 
being used for chapter number or names, but then you'd use extent to 
give the pages included in the chapter. I can't explain why that makes 
sense to me, but it does.

Using "extent" would mean that an article on just one page has to be in 
"start"; "end" with the same number confirms it's only one page. "Start" 
with only one number really means the starting page. And I have seen 
citations that use the starting page and the number of pages (used 
mainly for ILL requests), so you could have:

<extent unit="pages">
   <start>37</start>
   <total>5</total>
   </extent>

This means that you could also do:

<extent unit="pages">
   <start>37</start>
   <total>1</total>
   </extent>
 
Rather than:

<extent unit="pages">
   <start>37</start>
   <end>37</end>
   </extent>

You could also have "start" alone because no other information was 
given, and you don't know how long it is or where it ends.
> Please correct me if this is wrong. Thanks again,
>
>   
> Matthias
>   
You may have already guessed that there are only varying degrees of 
right in this activity. ;-) It *would* be great to clarify the best 
practices for some of these cases that we can predict. And there will 
always be the unpredictable exceptions.

kc
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