[Koha] Punctuation in Koha

Galen Charlton gmc at esilibrary.com
Sat Jan 5 06:23:52 NZDT 2013


On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM, Stefano Bargioni <bargioni at pusc.it> wrote:
> No, in my opinion. Please read
> http://www.itcompany.com/inforetriever/punctuation.htm (no longer
> mainteined)
> http://www.docstoc.com/docs/4900496/MARC21-closing-punctuation-and-other-instructions-for-punctuation
> or other results from a G search for 'marc21 punctuation'.

Indeed - if you want to interchange MARC21 records, the ISBD punctuation
should be included in the record, although because of the acceptance of
MARC proposal 2010-07 [1], if you want you can set the Leader/18 to 'c' and
omit the *ending* punctuation from the records (although ISBD punctuation
within a field must still be included).

This isn't an optimal situation of course, as it imposes
unnecessary redundancy in MARC21 records.  There is a recommendation [2]
from a PCC task force I was on to remove ISBD punctuation from MARC21; you
may find it interesting reading.

[1] http://www.loc.gov/marc/marbi/2010/2010-07.html
[2] (warning: .docx link) www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/sca/documents/isbdmarc.docx


Galen Charlton
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