842  Textual Physical Form Designator (NR)

Contents   Leader   0xx   3xx   5xx   8xx  

First Indicator
  blank character   Undefined
Second Indicator
   blank character   Undefined
Subfield Codes
  ‡a     Textual physical form designator  (NR)
  ‡8     Field link and sequence number  (R)



This field contains a designation in textual form of the physical form of the item. The physical form designator specifies the physical medium or form, or type of material of the unit held. The general physical form designator in coded form is recorded in field 007 (Physical Description Fixed Field).



Both indicators are undefined; each contains a blank ( blank character).

First Indicator - Undefined

blank character -    Undefined 

Second Indicator - Undefined

blank character -    Undefined 


‡a -    Textual physical form designator 

Subfield ‡a contains a textual description of the physical form.

842       computer file
842       binder
842       model
‡8 -    Field link and sequence number 

Subfield ‡8 contains data that identifies linked fields and may also propose a sequence for the linked fields. Subfield ‡8 may be repeated to link a field to more than one other group of fields.

The structure and syntax for the field link and sequence number subfield is: ‡8<linking number>.<sequence number>

The linking number is the first data element in the subfield and required if the subfield is used. It is a variable-length whole number that occurs in subfield ‡8 in all fields that are to be linked. Fields with the same linking number are considered linked. A linking number of "0" (zero) is not used in this field.

The sequence number is separated from the linking number by a period "." and may be optional. It is a variable-length whole number that may be used to indicate the relative order for display of the linked fields (lower sequence numbers displaying before higher ones).

Subfield ‡8 is always the first subfield in the field when it is used.


842       computer file
854 0  0  ‡81 ‡adisk
864    1  ‡81.1 ‡a1
864    1  ‡81.2 ‡a2

Display example:  + (computer file) disk 1/disk 2

842       binder
853 0  0  ‡81 ‡av.
863 4  0  ‡81.1 ‡a1-10

Display example:  (binder) v.1-10

842       model
867 3  1  ‡80 ‡aca. 300 pieces

Display example:  (model) ca. 300 pieces