Re: [IUG] Russian Ligature Display - Combined vs Left/Right Halves
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- Date: Thu, 3 May 2012 04:42:46 -0700 (PDT)
- From: Bob Rasmussen <ras at anzio dot com>
- Subject: Re: [IUG] Russian Ligature Display - Combined vs Left/Right Halves
I believe you are mixing up character sets. The FE20 and FE21 characters
belong to the Unicode character set, while the CDA1 belongs to the ANSEL
A MARC file can be coded in either ANSEL or Unicode. But they can not be
On Wed, 2 May 2012, Dana Jemison wrote:
> Dear III Listerv Members,
> We're currently working with MARCIVE to implement authority control, which
> will affect most of our bibliographic records, and supply new authority
> records for our Millennium database.
> We're having problems with the Russian ligature character, which is furnished
> in the MARCIVE records as hex value CDA1. While the character is valid, and
> is also being furnished in the correct position, the character itself doesn't
> seem to display well in our III Millennium database to end-users, as do the
> separate left and right values which we've used until now, FE20 and FE21.
> Compounding the problem, this combined value doesn't seem to index correctly;
> end-user searching completely fails when this character is used as part of the
> search string.
> MARCIVE is encouraging us to use the single combined value, CDA1, which is
> also recommended by LC (see MARC21 formats and standards character set
> guidelines), but we're reluctant to do so if Millennium can't display and
> index the single value properly.
> OCLC still uses left and right separate values, FE20 and FE21, as they have
> not yet implemented the combined value CDA1. That said, we also need to be
> sure that OCLC can handle processing of our records when we export them to
> OCLC, and that Millennium can map left and right halves to the single code
> value on download to Millennium from OCLC.
> Has anyone had any experience with any of these issues? Because diacritic
> issues tend to be an ongoing rat's next of problems, we're thinking we're best
> off just asking MARCIVE to give us the old left/right halves, but want to
> explore all options before making a final decision.
> Kind regards,
> Dana Jemison
> Dana Jemison
> Digital Collections and Licensing Librarian
> Head, Metadata Analyst Group
> University of California Library
> Berkeley, CA 94720-6500
> tel: 510.768.7616
> fax: 510.642.4956
> e-mail: djemison at library dot berkeley dot edu
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