Open/Close Nemeth in Column Headings

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    Melissa Klepper

    What is the preferred method for inserting opening and closing Nemeth code indicators in column headings when transcribing charts and tables?

    Does opening Nemeth carry over from column to column?


    Is it required/preferred to terminate and reopen for each separate column heading?

    I have attached a very simple example.


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    I see what you’re saying. Your first sample transcription is not appropriate. IF you had to use Nemeth Code only for parts of column headings, and you could not use Nemeth Code for the whole table, then your second sample would be appropriate.


    Angela B

    If I have 3 column headings and the 3rd column ends with Nemeth and the rest of the table is in Nemeth, can I open in the 3rd column heading and close on the line following the table? Thank you!

    Lindy Walton

    Because a table is not necessarily read left-to-right, top-to-bottom, the code switching rules are different from those in regular narrative. Look at the column headings separately from the data in the body of the table. An opening Nemeth Code indicator in the rightmost column heading does not carry through to the body of the table. Terminate the Nemeth there, then open it again before the body of the table, if the entire table (or most of it) requires Nemeth. Depending on the column headings, it could also be more appropriate to transcribe them all in Nemeth as well (with uncontracted words), or maybe devise a key (not ever my first choice).

    Every table presents its own challenges. If you want to send a print sample of what you are looking at, I'd be happy to suggest a transcription method.

    Thank you for your interesting question.

    Lindy Walton

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