RE: Display: ampersand and "and"
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- Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 09:01:41 +0200
- From: "D Snyman" <SNYMAD@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: RE: Display: ampersand and "and"
The Innopac Users Group of South Africa (IUGSA) has submitted a new enhancement proposal for 2002 to Innovative for the display, indexing and translation of the "&" and "and".
In countries with a lot of foreign language titles in their catalogues and where a large percentage of users is not necessarily English speaking (and III is now a global company), automatic translation / display of the "&" to "and" creates "wrong" titles in languages such as Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, German and in the case of South Africa indigenious languages such as Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa and others. It is perceived by users as language or spelling mistakes by the catalogers in the library.
We have requested that the translation, display and indexing should either be under the local control of the library or be treated in the same way as "+" and "#".
I am glad to hear that our colleagues in English-speaking countries also have an issue with this.
University of South Africa
>>> janmeldr@xxxxxxxxxx 2001/12/10 22:31:16 >>>
I would like to be able to turn it off, as well. When the ampersand is
occasionally used in French titles the Innopac "translation" to "and"
provides some very weird-looking browse screen titles.
245 00 Monde & minéraux
246 33 Monde et minéraux
Then Innopac supplies the strange title "Monde And Mineraux" in the browse
Le gaz naturel au Canada, besoins & approvisionnements
Innopac supplies "Gaz Naturel Au Canada Besoins And Approvisionnements" in
the browse screen
Earth Sciences Information Centre / Centre d'information sur les sciences de
Natural Resources Canada / Ressources naturelles Canada
350 - 601 Booth St., Ottawa, ON K1A 0E8
Tel. (613) 996-0574; fax (613) 943-8742
From: Gayane K Merguerian [mailto:gmerguer@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: December 7, 2001 4:27 PM
When a book has an ampersand ("&") symbol in the 245 field, our opac is
translating that into the word "and" in the record browse display. Can
this be turned off so the browse display, like the full record display,
shows the ampersand?
The reason is that this is creating confusion when there is a 245 with the
ampersand and a 246 (alternate title) substituting the word "and" and the
record displays twice, both times with "and". If we have both 245 and 246
displaying in our browse list, which is desireable for many reasons, we
would prefer the two entries not to be identical. It might be clearer, at
least to reference librarians, that these were the same book displaying
twice because of the alternate title.
Northeastern University Libraries
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