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post Jul 4 2003, 20:27
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Here's a problem that has really been bugging me. I want to know how everyone else handles capitalization in their file tags and filenames. I have read the guide that cddb suggests, which is different than what musicbrainz.org wants, which is different than what freedb wants, which might all be different to what everyone else wants. I am trying to add this to a perl script that I use for all my encoding and I want to get it right this time!

Do you uppercase the first character in all the words? Do you leave certain words like 'a', 'an', 'the', 'of' lowercase? Any others you leave lowercase? I have looked at English rules for capitalization for song titles and it gets real confusing. For instance, prepositions that are less than five letters long (at, by, for, etc) or lower-case, but only when followed by a noun. How do you script the exeptions for that?

What if the song has the artist 'Featuring' another artist? Or 'With' another artist? Do you append that to the track name instead of the artist field? Do you use the abbreviation 'ft.', 'ft', 'Feat.', 'feat.', 'Feat', 'feat', or 'With', 'with'?

If the disc is part of a 2-disc set do you use (Disc 1) or (Disc 1 of 2) in the album field?

So far, I have been capitalizing all the words .. using 'ft' and appending it to the track title instead of the artist field.

Please let me know how you handle this! There must be some sort of standardization or something that most people go by. If not, there should be!

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post Jul 6 2003, 08:10
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Here's what I've been doing so far, but my digital extraction and encoding process is going through *major* changes right now, since I'm new to HA and new to the really good DAE tools. So the way I do things next week will probably be different than the way I'm doing things right now, but here goes...

I use EAC (calling freedb) to tag my compressed files. I've been taking the easy way out by using menu item Database > Transform Actual CD Information > Upper All First Characters. I know this isn't the gramatically correct way to do it, but it's fast and easy, and I've been focusing more on finding compression methods transparent to my ears than on tagging. Once I get more "settled" then I'll standardize my tagging scheme a little more.

As for artists that are "featured" on a track, I don't use their name in the track name...only in the artist name. My format is, for example, "Chad Kroeger/Josey Scott" as the artist, instead of the more descriptive "Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott". Again, one method for all is easier for me than doing it a different way for different albums.

If a CD is part of a multi-disc set, I append the album name with a comma and "Disc #", such as "Physical Graffiti, Disc 1" (if freedb doesn't already list it this way).

As for standardization that is correct for everybody for all of these points, I don't think there is one. There is, I'm sure, a grammatically correct way to capitalize, but how to list featured artists or disc numbers would be entirely up to each person, with no way really being right or wrong (as long as each tag is generally accurate).

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- jasnic02   Tags And Capitalization Question   Jul 4 2003, 20:27
- - Boredom801   QUOTE (jasnic02 @ Jul 4 2003, 07:27 PM)Here...   Jul 5 2003, 18:03
- - Canar   Probably the best way to do a lot of it is to use ...   Jul 5 2003, 19:22
- - Jebus   I don't use any of those special tags for disc...   Jul 5 2003, 20:12
- - ScorLibran   Here's what I've been doing so far, but my...   Jul 6 2003, 08:10
- - Omni   From my old college textbook (Yes! I still ke...   Jul 6 2003, 08:49
- - Canar   QUOTE (ScorLibran @ Jul 5 2003, 11:10 PM)As f...   Jul 6 2003, 08:49
- - ScorLibran   QUOTE (Canar @ Jul 6 2003, 03:49 AM)However, ...   Jul 6 2003, 13:12
- - MachineHead   I cap everything. Proper it is not, but everything...   Jul 6 2003, 13:45
- - BadHorsie   QUOTE (jasnic02 @ Jul 4 2003, 11:27 AM)Here...   Jul 6 2003, 14:00
- - getID3()   Throwing my tagging variant into the mix: Track t...   Jul 6 2003, 18:33
- - /\/ephaestous   Track titles: - All caps except for a, an, the, of...   Jul 6 2003, 19:42
- - Canar   What would be really nice is a hierarchical listin...   Jul 6 2003, 22:59
- - ScorLibran   Slightly off-topic... Speaking of tags and genres...   Jul 7 2003, 11:16
- - dewey1973   Here is what I do... 1. download info from freed...   Jul 7 2003, 18:37
- - CyberInferno   QUOTE (Omni @ Jul 5 2003, 11:49 PM)For instan...   Jul 7 2003, 18:45
- - jasnic02   Well, this has definitely been helpful for me. I ...   Jul 7 2003, 19:55
- - rpop   Sorry if I missed something or wrote something tha...   Aug 12 2003, 11:16
- - fileman   ... but then you have again to make a decision (is...   Aug 12 2003, 12:28
- - Sebastian Mares   I don't care about standards, so I always capi...   Aug 12 2003, 13:24
- - ScorLibran   Holy thread revival, Batman! This thread take...   Aug 12 2003, 13:40
- - bfourney   I've begun to come across these issues lately ...   Oct 29 2003, 21:09
- - CyberInferno   I believe the "standard" as far as featu...   Oct 29 2003, 23:16
- - sshd   English being my second language I have often wond...   Oct 29 2003, 23:42
- - Pio2001   I capitalize all words exept articles, conjunction...   Oct 30 2003, 00:10
- - sshd   QUOTE (Pio2001 @ Oct 30 2003, 12:10 AM)The pr...   Oct 30 2003, 06:03
- - ScorLibran   My personal methods, which have evolved somewhat f...   Oct 30 2003, 08:43
- - Go2Null   Another revival of this thread I have just st...   Dec 30 2003, 20:05

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