Chicago Manual of Style Task Force report

Final Report from the Task Force on the Chicago Manual of Style

The Task Force to Investigate Changes Affecting RDA in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, has submitted its final report.  Most of the recommendations involve minor editorial changes to RDA and related documentation.  One of the recommendations, however, involves a substantive change to RDA which would have a major impact on authorized access points.  I would like to suggest that CC:DA discuss and vote on this recommendation; the rest can be handled as Fast Track proposals.

The recommendation in question relates to CMOS 8.159, which deals with capitalization of hyphenated compounds.  In the 16th edition, this provision reads:

8.159 Hyphenated compounds in headline-style titles

The following rules apply to hyphenated terms appearing in a title capitalized in headline style. For reasons of consistency and editorial efficiency, Chicago no longer advises making exceptions to these rules for the rare awkward-looking result (though such niceties may occasionally be observed in display settings, as on the cover of a book). For rules of hyphenation, see 7.77–85.

1.   Always capitalize the first element.

2.   Capitalize any subsequent elements unless they are articles, prepositions, coordinating conjunctions (and, but, for, or, nor), or such modifiers as flat or sharp following musical key symbols.

3.   If the first element is merely a prefix or combining form that could not stand by itself as a word (anti, pre, etc.), do not capitalize the second element unless it is a proper noun or proper adjective.

4.   Capitalize the second element in a hyphenated spelled-out number (twenty-one or twenty-first, etc.) or hyphenated simple fraction (two-thirds in two-thirds majority). This departure from previous Chicago recommendations recognizes the functional equality of the numbers before and after the hyphen.
The Task Force proposes to revise RDA A.29 to conform to this provision (see p. 9 of the TF report); formerly in RDA, only the first word in such a compound was capitalized.

In addition to RDA A.29, this issue is also the basis for the following TF recommendations:

RDA [two instances]
RDA [2nd instance]
RDA A.11.4
RDA A.14 [2nd instance]
RDA A.16.2 [two instances]
RDA A.16.5
RDA A.17.6
RDA Glossary, Tonic Sol-fa

As Kathy Glennan reported at Midwinter, she asked Gary Strawn to look at the impact of this change on the NACO authority file.  He provided some statistics, but the bottom line was that instances needing to be changed would be difficult to identify by program and even more difficult to correct safely.

Given the impact of this recommendation and given that differences in capitalization are not taken into account by the NACO normalization rules, it seems questionable that this is a revision that CC:DA would wish to propose.  My understanding is that CMOS governs the text of RDA itself, but governs the results of applying RDA instructions only when there is no applicable RDA instruction.  In this case, the text of RDA A.29 applies, and need not conform to the provisions of CMOS.

Beyond this single issue, I propose (a) to communicate to the JSC Secretary the recommended revisions to the RDA Editor’s Guide; and (b) to make Fast Track proposals for the following TF recommendations:

RDA 1.1.2
RDA 1.1.3
RDA [1st instance]
RDA A.10 [three instances]
RDA A.14 [1st instance]

For the sake of completeness, the TF recommended that no change be made in the following instructions:

RDA B.11

Again, I suggest that CC:DA discuss and vote on the recommendation for RDA A.29 (and related instructions); if there is any disagreement with any of the other recommendations, these should be raised during the discussion.


Agenda for Midwinter 2013, Seattle, WA


January 26 & 28, 2013

Agenda for Midwinter 2013, Seattle, WA

Note: Links are provided to the documents listed on the agenda. These are working documents and are to be used as part of the rule revision process. They are not to be copied or distributed without permission from the Chair of CC:DA.

Saturday, January 26, 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Westin Seattle Hotel, Grand I

  1. Welcome and opening remarks: Chair (1:00, 5 min.)
  2. Introduction of members, liaisons, and representatives: Group (1:05, 5 min.) [CC:DA/Roster/2013]
  3. Adoption of agenda: Chair (1:10, 5 min.) [CC:DA/A/67]
  4. Approval of minutes of meeting held at 2012 Annual Conference, June 23 and 25, 2012: Chair (1:15, 5 min.) [Minutes of the meeting held at the 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, June 23 & 25, 2012]
  5. Report from the Chair (1:20, 10 min.) [Chair’s Report on CC:DA Motions and Other Actions July 13, 2012–October 25, 2012]
  6. Report from the Library of Congress Representative: Reser (1:30, 15 min.) [Library of Congress Report, January 2013]
  7. Report of the ALA Representative to the Joint Steering Committee: Attig (1:45, 30 min.) [Report on JSC Meeting, November 5-9, 2012] [Follow-up Actions for ALA Midwinter 2013] [Proposed changes to JSC Chair, Chair-Elect, and JSC Secretary Positions]
  8. Report from the TF on Relationship Designators in RDA Appendix K: Lipcan (2:15, 25 min.) [Task Force on Relationship Designators in App. K: Interim Report]
  9. Break (2:40, 20 min.)
  10. Report from the TF on Instructions on Recording Relationships: Polutta (3:00, 20 min.) [Task Force on recording relationships: Discussion paper]
  11. Report from the TF to Investigate Changes Affecting RDA in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (3:20, 15 min.) [Task Force to Investigate Changes Affecting RDA in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition: Report]
  12. Report from the PCC liaison: Glennan (3:35, 15 min.) [PCC Report at ALA Midwinter January 26, 2013]
  13. Report from the RDA Music Joint Working Group and how it affects CC:DA: Snyder (3:50, 10 min.)
  14. Report of the CC:DA Webmaster: Polutta (4:00, 30 min.)
  15. Report from the RDA Conference Forums and Programs TF: Abbas (4:30, 10 min.)
  16. Report from ALA Publishing Services: Linker (4:40, 15 min.)
  17. Report from the RDA Planning and Training TF: Chair (4:55, 10 min.)

Monday, January 28 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Westin Seattle Hotel, Grand I

  1. Welcome and opening remarks: Chair (8:30, 5 min.)
  2. Report from the MARBI Representative, discussion of CC:DA’s role in/relationships with post-MARBI committees: Myers (8:35, 30 min.) [Report of the MARBI Liaison (Preliminary) for Midwinter 2013]
  3. Presentation on RIMMF (RDA in Many Metadata Formats): Deborah Fritz (9:05, 1 hr.)
  4. Break (10:05, 20 min.)
  5. Future work of CC:DA: current ALA proposals and task forces; revisions proposals that we want to take on: Attig, plus Snyder, Fritz, and others (10:25, 45 min.) [Follow-up Actions for ALA Midwinter 2013]
    [RDA discussion questions arising from work with RIMMF]
  6. Report from the Chair on CCS Executive Committee meetings; other new business; reports from the floor; announcement of next meeting, and adjournment: Chair (11:10, 20 min.)