I am arbitrating batches of "Mc" names. As an arbitrator I hate to needlessly "ding" an indexer when instructions allow for two ways of doing things but the arbitration system requires a choice as in Mc and Van prefixes.
The instructions say: "Indexing with a space or without a space after the prefix is acceptable."
The User's Guide says: "Sometimes it is difficult to tell from the way surnames with prefixes are written on the original record whether there is a space between the prefix and the surname. Either way<br>is correct. The system overlooks spaces."
The system does not overlook spaces for arbitration purposes. I am sure it will for searching purposes.
If instructions clearly directed indexers to go one way or the other it would save much arbitration and unnecessary "dings" to indexers. For those who care about their scores, please clear up this matter. Just in case you are going to say, "Type what you see," I will let indexers know that, until I hear otherwise, I take preference on the NO SPACE. You will not be "dinged" by me.