The Colon Classification of Dr. Ranganathan differs in several fundamental ways from other schemes of classification and challenges a number of accepted ideas about the nature of classification schedules. The new developments, however, are fundamentally extensions of ideas already existing in incipient forms in the other schemes. Its various ‘devices’—so called by the author—are generally speaking no more than a rationalization of existing methods of synthetic number building common to the major schemes. The two principles which mark out the Colon Classification most distinctly from all others are the principle of facet analysis and the principle of mnemonics. I shall have to content myself here with an attempt to explain the principle of facet analysis.
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