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In February 2003, CPSO issued a memo to LC cataloger's on the change in practice for counting non-filing characters in MARC 21 to be implemented after February 19, 2003. The tables below illlustrate the differences in counting before and after Feb. 19th 2003 by using some of the examples from the CPSO document located at: //www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/nonfil.html

Convention for counting non-filing characters after Feb. 19, 2003

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L'été ...
1 2 L apostrophe accent e t accent e
Los últimos ...
1 4 L o s space accent u l
Der öffentliche Dienst ...
0 4 D e r space umlaut o f
Los últimos alazapas ;$v2
# 4 L o s space accent u l
al-'¯Alam ... [the character ayn is represented here by an apostrophe]
1 4 a l hyphen ayn macron A l
al-'Arab¯iyah ... [the character ayn is represented here by an apostrophe]
0 4 a l hyphen ayn A r a
H ¯e Mon¯e ...
1 4 H macron e space M o n
L'enfant criminel.
1 2 L apostrophe e n f a n
[The Part of Pennsylvania that ... townships].
0 5 bracket T h e space p a
The "other" person ...
1 5 T h e space quote o t

Obsolete convention for counting non-filing characters (in use before Feb. 19, 2003)

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L'été ...
1 3 L apostrophe accent e t accent e
Los últimos ...
1 5 L o s space accent u l
Der öffentliche Dienst ...
0 5 D e r space umlaut o f
Los últimos alazapas ;$v 2
# 5 L o s space accent u l
al-'¯Alam ... [the character ayn is represented here by an apostrophe]
1 5 a l hyphen ayn macron A l
al-'Arab¯iyah ... [the character ayn is represented here by an apostrophe]
0 4 a l hyphen ayn A r a
H¯e Mon¯re ...
1 4 H macron e space M o n
L'enfant criminel.
1 2 L apostrophe e n f a n
[The Part of Pennsylvania that ... townships].
0 5 bracket T h e space p a
The "other" person ...
1 5 T h e space quote o  

Created by Joan Biella, Hebraica Team, RCCD, Library of Congress, March 2003

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