History:Part Number Style Rewrite Proposal

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Status: This page describes an active style guideline proposal and is not official.



Proposal number: RFC-202
Champion: BrianFreud
Current status: Stalled; waiting for Track Title RFC resolution.


Trac ticket # 5066

This guideline defines a track-specific application of the general series number style.

Singular Part

When a track is one of a series of identically named tracks with a defined order, separate the part number from the track title by a comma and a space.

"TrackTitle, Part 1"
"TrackTitle, Part 1: PartName"

Alternative names for parts may be used, such as Section, or their non-English equivalents.

"TrackTitle, Section 1"
"TrackTitle, Sequence Three"

Per abbreviation style, abbreviations should not be used in titles. Therefore, abbreviations such as "Pt." should always be expanded to "Part" (or the equivalent in the applicable language).

Multiple Parts

When multiple parts are present within the track, this should be indicated using the following styles:

"TrackTitle, Parts 1–3" - Three or more consecutive parts
"TrackTitle, Parts One – Three" - Three or more consecutive parts
"TrackTitle, Parts 1 & 2" - Two consecutive parts
"TrackTitle, Parts 1 & 3" - Two non-consecutive parts
"TrackTitle, Parts 1, 3 & 5" - Three or more parts, where no parts are consecutive
"TrackTitle, Parts 1, 3 & 4" - Three or more parts, where a range spanning more than two parts is not present
"TrackTitle, Parts 1–3, & 5" - Four or more parts, containing a range spanning more than two parts as well as a non-consequtive part
"TrackTitle, Parts One – Three, & Five" - Four or more parts, containing a range spanning more than two parts as well as a non-consequtive part
"TrackTitle, Parts One, Three – Five" - Four or more parts, containing a range spanning more than two parts as well as a non-consequtive part

Titles such as "Part 1 and Part 2" and "Parts 1, 2, and 3" should be compressed into "Parts 1 & 2" and "Parts 1–3".

Punctuation

  • The part section of the title should be formatted according to subtitle style. Thus, if there is an alternative dividing punctuation mark present, such as a question mark (?) or an exclamation point (!), use that mark instead of the comma.
"TrackTitle! Part 1"
"TrackTitle? Part 1"
  • A standard ASCII comma should always be used, not any other similar punctuation (with the exception of other dividing punctuation, as mentioned above).
  • "And" and other similar joining words should not be used. Rather, an ampersand (&) should always be used, where applicable.
  • For ranges, an en-dash (–) is preferred, but a standard ASCII hyphen-minus (-) (the key on most keyboards) is also accepted.
 To type an en-dash: 
* Windows: Alt + 0150 (using the keypad, not the numbers at the top of the keyboard) * OSX: Option key + hyphen-minus key * Linux: Shift + Ctrl + u + 2013

Spacing

  • There should be no space before the comma.
  • A space should always be present after the comma (or other dividing punctuation mark).
  • A space should always be present on each side of the ampersand.
  • A space should always be present on each side of the en-dash, with one exception. If the series number style used consists only of numbers (0 through 9), such as "Parts 1–3", then no space should be used around the en-dash.

Subtitles

Subtitles, if present, should be inserted in compliance with subtitle style.

"TrackTitle, Part 1: Subtitle"
"TrackTitle, Parts 1–3: Common Subtitle"
"TrackTitle, Parts 1: SubtitleA & 3: SubtitleB"

Exception to this Guideline

  • If the title of a track is just "Part 1" or something similar, then this guideline does not apply. "Part 1" is then considered to be the main title of the track and not the part number.

Examples