User:Yurim/Punctuation and Special Characters

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Punctuation and Special Characters


  • As a general rule, MusicBrainz editors should correct spelling and punctuation. (Style/Principle/Error_correction_and_artist_intent)
  • Use of basic ASCII punctuation characters such as ' and " is allowed, but typographically-correct punctuation is preferred. (Style/Miscellaneous)
  • Picard can convert Unicode punctuation characters in MusicBrainz data to ASCII for consistent use of punctuation in tags. ([1], [2])
  • Japanese artists have a tendency to choose capitalization and punctuation for aesthetic reasons; and to be very consistent regarding case over all releases. For this reason, words in the Latin script on a Japanese release should be in the same case as on the album art if other available sources, such as official discography or record label pages, are consistent; not normalized according to English or other capitalization standards. (Style/Language/Japanese)




  • Uses of Hyphens, Dashes and the Minus Sign
    • - (U+0012 'HYPHEN-MINUS', German “Mittestrich”) is the multi-purpose character with its own key on the keyboard ([18]).
    • (U+2010 'HYPHEN', German “Viertelgeviertstrich” or “Divis”) joins words and syllables ([19])
    • (U+2212 'MINUS SIGN') is used in equations or for negative numbers ([20]).
    • (U+2012 'FIGURE DASH', German “ziffernbreiter Strich”) can be used for omitted digits ([21]).
    • (U+2013 'EN DASH', German “Halbgeviertstrich”) is used for ranges, omissions, comparisons, routes, and to show an insert or a pause within a sentence ([22]).
    • (U+2014 'EM DASH', German “Geviertstrich”) may be used for list items ([23]).


Other locales

Check this map on Imgur describing what quotations marks are used how in Europe.

Other Special Characters

  • Please, let's never get started with white space characters. ([35])