Hi Inge,


Thank you for your comments. We are in the process of revising the XSLTs to accommodate both cases ‘#’ and ‘ ‘. Once the XSLTs are revised and uploaded to the MODS web site, we will send a message to the MODS list.


Best, Tracy



Tracy Meehleib

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From: Metadata Object Description Schema List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Inge Hofsink
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2014 9:56 AM
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Subject: [MODS] MARCXML to MODS XSLT transformations


Dear all,


I have a question/remark about the MARCXML to MODS 3.5 XSLT transformations on http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods-conversions.html, the stylesheets our own transformations are based on.


For material type Continuing Resources, mods:frequency is based on MARC 008/18. In the MARCXML to MODS-stylesheets (XSLT 1.0, 2.0, MODS 3.5, 3.4), the following transformation is made: <xsl:when test="$controlField008-18='#'">Completely irregular</xsl:when>.

But according to the introduction on MARC 21 Bibliographic, “# - The graphic symbol # is used for a blank in coded fields and in other special situations where the existence of the character blank might be ambiguous. (In most textual examples, the blank is represented in the conventional way, by the absence of a character.)” (http://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/bdintro.html).


So in my opinion the transformation in XSLT should be <xsl:when test="$controlField008-18=' '">Completely irregular</xsl:when>.


If anyone would like to test/confirm this as well, we would really  appreciate it!


With kind regards



Inge Hofsink

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