User:Jacobbrett/Release Event Style
|Status: This page describes an active style guideline proposal and is not official.|
Trac ticket # 2145
A Release is a package/object you could buy in a store. For example, a release may encompass a digital download (with liner note files), or a CD jewel case containing a CD and booklet. A release in the MusicBrainz database consists of a Date, Country, Label, Catalog #, Barcode, Format, Packaging, Status, Language and Script field. Each of these fields are optional, though the more complete a release entry is, the better. Please note that some independent/unsigned releases may not have a barcode, catalogue number or label.
A standard release event looks like the following:
Frances the Mute by The Mars Volta
|Frances the Mute||CD||12||2005-02-28||Australia||Universal Records||2103977||075021039773|
Styling Release Fields
The Catalog Number is a usually alphanumeric code found on the back/spine of a physical release. It should be entered as close as possible to what is printed (this includes, for example, spaces " " hyphens "-", and dots "."). Multiple catalog numbers may be entered.
A release may consist of several Mediums. For each medium added, the format is selectable from a list. For example, a medium could be a CD, cassette or vinyl disc. A Release's mediums may be structured as CD (1), CD (2) for a two-disc set (displayed as "2xCD"), or in rarer cases as CD (1), CD (2), Vinyl (3) (displayed as "2xCD + 1xVinyl").
Packaging refers to the type of container a physical release was available in. It is selectable from a list, similar to the Format. For example, release may have been sold in a "Jewel Case" or a "Digipack".
A release's Status describes how 'official' that release is. It is selectable from a list.
The Language of a release is a record of the language that the title and track list are printed in. The Language is selectable from a reduced ISO 639 list of 20 languages (more are available upon request).
The Script refers to the character set used (e.g. 'Latin') for the [Release Title|title]] and track list. If unknown, select 'I don't know'. It is selectable from a list.
This page could use a better title, perhaps:
- Release Attributes Style
- Release Information Style
- Release Details Style
- Release Characteristics Style
This proposal, when passed, should replace Release Country Style.