Character position definition and scope:

A one-character alphabetic code indicates whether the sound is on the item or is separate from the item.  A fill character ( | ) is used when no attempt has been made to code this position.

Record requirements for National-level and Minimal-level records:  Optional.

Guidelines for applying content designators:




No sound (silent)  Sound is not present.


Sound on medium


Sound separate from medium


Unknown  Presence or absence of sound on the item is not known.


No attempt to code

Content designator history:

Character position 03 (Sound on medium or separate) was moved to position 05 when field 007 was restructured in 1981.

To return, select:

007:  Motion picture

007  Physical Description Fixed Field