Hey, and it occurs to me, in an HTML display, it might be better to use
an actual em-dash than the traditional two hyphens too? Since the LC
documentation just talks about "dash" -- two hyphens is how you
approximate an em-dash in ascii of course, but we're not living in ascii
Tod Olson wrote:
> Only for certain subfields:
> Dash (-) that precedes a subdivision in an extended 600 subject
> heading is not carried in the MARC record. It may be system generated
> as a display constant associated with the content of subfield $v, $x,
> $y, and $z.
> From http://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/bd600.html
> On Sep 23, 2009, at 9:09 AM, Jonathan Rochkind wrote:
>> Hi all, I'm writing some marc record display code, and I have a
>> question about the 'right' way to display LCSH headings.
>> LCSH headings are typically displayed with "--" between components.
>> But looking at the MARC, it looks like the "--" punctuation isn't
>> actually in the MARC field. (A rare instance where display
>> punctuation isn't in the marc!).
>> Is it correct for any LCSH 6xx field (which you know because the 2nd
>> indicator is 0, right?), to add "--" between ALL present subfields
>> on display? Do I have the right logic there?
>> Thanks for any advice!