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Important notes


Diagram elements

Here is a short explanation of the various elements that make up the diagrams used in the examples on this page.

  • The "Physical" line depicts the sequence of physical pages of a book. A, B, C etc. are used as a notation so that in any discussions we can unambiguously reference the physical pages we are talking about. Using the letters of the alphabet should eliminate any confusion with actual printed page numbers in Roman or Arabic numerals.
    • Unless otherwise noted, physical page A (if it appears in a diagram) refers to the front cover of the book
    • Unless otherwise noted, physical page Z (if it appears in a diagram) refers to the back cover of the book
  • The "Printed" line shows the actual page number as it is printed on each physical page
  • The "Ranges" line shows ranges of numbered and unnumbered pages, as they are discussed in the rules
  • The "Database" line shows the page numbers that we would actually record in the ISFDB database if a content item were to appear on that physical page. If the rules allow several ways how to record a content item, the alternatives for each physical page appear on additional lines.


Example 1: Beginning of publication

Physical     A----B----C----D----E----F----G----H----I----J----K----L---- [...]
Printed                                                   3    4    5
Ranges                 <-R1--------------------><-R2--------------------- [...]
Database     fc   fep  [1]  [2]  [3]  [4]  [5]  1    2    3    4    5
                       bp   bp   bp   bp   bp

Comments:

  • Pages H and I do not have a printed page number, so we might expect them to be part of the range of unnumbered pages R1. However, we can handcount from printed page 3 back to 1 (the lowest possible page number), and this takes precedence, making pages H and I part of the range of numbered pages R2.
  • Pages H and I cannot be designated "bp" because this designation is allowed only as an alternative for those pages where we can use page numbers in square brackets.
  • Page A can be designated "fc" for magazines only


Example 2: Roman-numeraled pages

Physical     A----B----C----D----E----F----G----H----I----J----K----L----M----N----O----P----Q---- [...]
Printed                                                   iii  iv                       3    4
Ranges                 <-R1--------------------><-R2-------------------------><-R3---------------- [...]
Database     fc   fep  [1]  [2]  [3]  [4]  [5]  i    ii   iii  iv   v    vi   1    2    3    4
                       bp   bp   bp   bp   bp

Comments:

  • Same as in example 1: Due to handcounting the range of numbered pages R3 extends backward to page N
  • Following the same logic, the range of numbered pages R2 extends backward to page H, and forward to page M
  • The fact that the page ranges R2 and R3 use different types of numerals (R2 uses Roman numerals, R3 uses Arabic numerals) makes no difference at all
  • It is impossible to have a range of unnumbered pages between R2 and R3 (or generally between any two ranges of numbered pages), because there is no upper limit to page numbers. Thus, handcounting of R2 continues until it reaches the last possible page, which is the page immediately preceding the first page of R3.


Example 3: Middle of the publication

Physical     [...] G----H----I----J----K----L----M----N----O----P---- [...]
Printed            98   99   100                      105  106  107
Ranges       [...] -R1----------------------------------------------- [...]
Database           98   99   100  101  102  103  104  105  106  107

Comments:

  • Although pages J-M do not have printed page numbers, the range of numbered pages R1 continues uninterrupted


Example 4: Page numbering restarts

Physical     [...] G----H----I----J----K----L----M----N----O----P---- [...]
Printed            98   99   100                      3    4    5
Ranges       [...] -R1---------------------><-R2--------------------- [...]
Database           98   99   100  101  102  1    2    3    4    5

Comments:

  • Restarting page numbering creates two separate ranges of numbered pages, R1 and R2
  • The range of numbered pages R1 extends up to page K because, as we have seen in example 2, there is no upper limit to page numbers and handcounting always continues until it reaches the last possible page (in this case the last page before the next range of numbered pages R2 starts)


Example 5: End of publication

Physical     [...] S------T------U------V------W------X------Y------Z
Printed            98     99     100
Ranges       [...] -R1-----------------><-R2-------------->
Database           98     99     100    [101]  [102]  [103]  bep    bc
                                        ep     ep     ep

Comments:

  • In previous examples, a range of numbered pages always extended as far as possible because there is no upper limit to page numbers. So here we might expect R1 to extend up to page X, which is the last possible page before the publication ends. However, this is not the case: The range of numbered pages R1 immediately ends on the last page that has a printed page number, which in this example is page U. A new range of unnumbered pages R2 immediately starts after R1 ends.
  • In previous examples, page numbering restarted when a new range of pages began. So here we might expect that page V (the first page of R2) would be numbered "[1]". However, this is not the case: Page numbering simply continues from the previous range of numbered pages R1.
    • On a side-note: Assuming pages [101], [102] and [103] in the above example all had relevant content, then the "Pages" field of the publication record would be filled like this: 100+[3]. See this wiki page for an explanation.
  • Page Z can be designated "bc" for magazines only
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