ERIC Number: ED354915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Nonromanization: Prospects for Improving Automated Cataloging of Items in Other Writing Systems. Opinion Papers No. 3.
Agenbroad, James Edward
The dilemma of cataloging works in writing systems other than the roman alphabet is explored. Some characteristics of these writing system are reviewed, and the implications of these characteristics for input, retrieval, sorting, and display needed for adequate online catalogs of such works are considered. Reasons why needs have not been met are discussed, and some of the ways they might be met are examined. The following are four groups into which non-roman systems are generally divided for simplicity and features that have implications for cataloging: (1) European scripts--upper and lower case (Greek, Cyrillic, and Armenian); (2) Semitic scripts--read right to left (Hebrew and Arabic); (3) Indic scripts--implicit vowel (indigenous scripts of India and Nepal); and (4) East Asian scripts--very large character repertoires (Chinese, Korean, and Japanese). Unicode, which is an effort to define a character set that includes the letters, punctuation, and characters for all the world's writing systems offers assistance in cataloging, and will probably become an international standard late in 1992. Uses of Unicode and the MARC format are explored. (Contains 17 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Bibliographic Records, Classification, Cyrillic Alphabet, Ideography, Indo European Languages, Library Automation, Library Catalogs, Library Technical Processes, Machine Readable Cataloging, Non Roman Scripts, Online Catalogs, Semitic Languages, Standards, Written Language
Cataloging Forum Steering Committee, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.