From Tue Jan 24 21:28:34 1995
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 1995 21:25:43 -0500 (EST)
From: Arlene Taylor <>
To: Josephine Crawford <>
Subject: potential benefit of $v

Some time ago I promised to find a paper I had that gave potential benefits for tagging form separately. I found it.

At a presentation in 1992 Marcia Bates suggested the following:
A distinguishing code for form data has potential usefulness in the design of search templates for user-friendly online catalogs. For example:

Please type the search terms you want below:

TOPIC: ________________________________

TOPIC: ________________________________

PLACE: ________________________________

PLACE: ________________________________

DATE RANGE: ___________________________

FORM (ex:Dictionaries): _______________________


So a patron in a law library seeking digests of cases on particular topics could ask for that, or a teacher wanting film catalogs on a topic could ask for that.

In a windows-like environment it would be possible for the user to click on the word FORM in a screen like the one above and get a pop-up window that lists the most commonly used form terms (or even all of the ones that have been coded $v in that catalog). In fact, pop-up windows for topic, place, amd form that could be queried as is done in the Cataloger's Desktop (from LC) would be absolutely wonderful.

Well, those are some of my thoughts. --Arlene

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