On Jun 22, 2009, at 5:53 PM, Cloutman, David wrote:
> From the perspective of a programmer, rather than a cataloguer, my
> opinion is firmly no, HTML does not belong in your MARC records.
> In application development, general best practice is to separate
> information systems into layers, splitting data from "business
> logic" and "presentation logic". MARC stores data, and HTML belongs
> to presentation. Though it may sound like a good idea today to put
> HTML into a MARC record, that tag may be meaningless down the road
> when some other technology is used to present your record data. If
> you wish to present data in HTML, you are much better off leaving
> the HTML out of your MARC, and allowing the application to generate
I whole-heartedly concur, and I could not hardly have said it any
better than David. Adding mark-up to a data structure like that only
confuses the issue and is asking for trouble down the road.
Eric Lease Morgan