Hm, I see what you're saying.  But if there's no rhyme or reason to it,
mightn't it confuse researchers than help them?  For example, we
wrestled with something similar about when to use bold and when not to
for c0# titles, and we finally decided it was better to have a
consistent rule so that it made sense to the person viewing it.  We do
occasionally end up with something that isn't ideal, but the trade-off
of consistency seemed worth it...

But I know what you mean, our long finding aids are problematic too --
even *I* get lost in some of them :)


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Subject: Re: Triggering horizontal lines in finding aid display

> It sounds like the ruling has nothing to do with the content 
> of your finding aid but is a display issue, right?  If so, 
> rather than using a hard-coded attribute in your EAD, why not 
> decide under what conditions you want it, then test for it in 
> the style sheet and output if it meets the conditions?  For 
> example, say you want an hr only if there are more than 3 
> c02s; put that test in your style sheet.  Or if you want it 
> only if there are more than 3 c02s AND they each have more 
> than 3 c03's.  Or only if there are more than 75 c0#s in 
> total.  Etc etc etc -- you can make up whatever test you want.

That's *exactly* what I was saying we can't do - it's just too
unpredictable. It's really just a "I've seen what it's going to look
like and think a line is needed" decision. Bleah.


Jenn Riley
Metadata Librarian
Digital Library Program
Indiana University - Bloomington
Wells Library W501
(812) 856-5759

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