Ed said:

>In some ways, starting with MARC puts us in an archaic frame of mind.  
>MARC's structure still carries many strands of catalog-card DNA  ...

Insofar as that DNA reflects the later codified choice and order of  
ISBD elements, it's about all we have going for us in the present
chaotic situation.

If I were to change MARC, it would be to greatly reduce fixed fields
(variable fields are not as difficult to access as they were in the
1960's), add UKMARC's 248 for constituent parts, do something about
the senseless numbering of 5XX (including restoring 503), establish an
020 and 022 subfield for alternate formats, and allow qualification of

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