Character position definition and scope:

A one-character alphabetic code indicates whether the sound is on the item or separate from the item (i.e., on the accompanying material).  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, i.e., the item is intended to be silent.


Sound on medium  Sound is on the item, whether or not visual images are included.


Sound separate from medium  Sound is on a separate medium, designed to accompany the images.


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:  Videorecording

007  Physical Description Fixed Field