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Single letter tags?

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1ellen.w
set. 14, 2006, 7:04pm

I have to ask: what's up with all the single letter tags? Like a, b, d (skipped 'c' because, well, that one makes more sense). I first ran across p and am still mystified about that one. It doesn't seem to be anything about alphabetization.

2slothman
Editat: set. 14, 2006, 10:48pm

I think some people are using them for the Library of Congress classification system. (I note works tagged P are also tagged PN or PR.)

3ellen.w
set. 14, 2006, 12:54am

Ooh. Thank you, that makes sense.

4BoPeep
set. 16, 2006, 5:44pm

P - language and literature - PR is English literature (mostly British but not all), PS is American, PT Germanic, and so on.

I use these, as it's quite handy to be able to see which reference groups are well-represented and which are not (my cookery and craft sections way outnumber science, which I should do something about!). When capital letter tags were sorted separately from lower case, it also made a very useful image in the tag cloud, which doesn't happen any more. :(

5aluvalibri
set. 16, 2006, 7:41pm

BoPeep, I apologize for the idiotic question, but why "P" for literature?

6BoPeep
set. 16, 2006, 10:32pm

Not a clue. It's the LoC classification system, not mine. ;-) The link Slothman gave lists them all, but no explanation as to why they're in the order they are.

7nautilus_library
Editat: feb. 28, 2011, 4:30pm

Re >5 aluvalibri: and >6 BoPeep:

The letters in the LoC classification are not intended to provide an alphabetical arrangement of main class but to arrange them in a conceptual order, as do the numbers in the Dewey classification. (Leaving aside the question of how good or bad one might think either system's conceptualizations are!) LoC just starts off with letters. It's just a coincidence when the initial class letter actually stands for what the class is about, e.g. M - Music