Your software probably provides a dropdown for the container types to provide consistency, and perhaps to apply the linear and/or cubic measure. If you could add an associated field that is free format for the weird and have the software display it if Other/weird is selected from the dropdown.
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From: Encoded Archival Description List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Michele R Combs
Sent: May 19, 2008 6:16 AM
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Subject: Weird containers
A question for the collective wisdom: how do you encode material in
non-standard containers? We have a set list of "accepted" terms for
primary <container> element (Box, Package, Oversize, Mapcase, etc) and
secondary (Folder, Drawer, Reel, etc). Occasionally we have items that
are in something weird -- a metal box, for example, or a camera case, or
a canvas bag, or a tube, or...
Is it better to only use the <container> element for a consistent list
of standard container types, and put the oddities in the abstract or
other descriptive element? Or should one use the <container> element
always, even for strange things? I can see arguments for both
approaches and wondered what others have done.
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