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  1. MusicBrainz Style
  2. STYLE-493

Portuguese language style guidelines (Capitalization)

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    • Type: Improvement
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: Normal
    • Resolution: Unresolved
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      Description

      I'd like to suggest changes on Portuguese language guidelines, regarding to Capitalization.
      In Brazil, these guidelines do not correspond to the major practice of referring to art works in Brazil.

      It is not a "pacified" topic, because there is a difference about the recommendations of the Academia Brasileira de Letras (ABL - the Brazilian organ on grammar and grammatic rules) and the Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT - Brazilian organ responsible to establish technical norms, such as bibliographic references).

      What happens is that even though Portuguese is a latin language, it is recommended by some philologists and linguistics (and most part of ABL) something like the germanic formula to capitalize titles. I can point out the 3rd item of the Writing Manual of PUC-RS (Pontífica Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, a prestigious Brazilian University). Here is the link (but sorry it is in Portuguese): http://www.pucrs.br/manualred/maiusculas.php

      I translate it here:
      When mandatorily I must use capitalized letters?
      (...)
      3. In the titles of books, thesis, dissertations, monographs, newspapers, magazines, articles, films, plays, music, screens, etc.
      ?? Observation: the initial of articles, prepositions, conjunctions and adverbs are written with lowercase.??
      Examples:
      O Catecismo ao Alcance de Todos / Pilares da PUCRS / O Racional e o Mitológico em Wittgenstein / Os Sentidos da Justiça em Aristóteles / Introdução a Estudos de Fonologia do Português Brasileiro.

      These are the Wikipedia guidelines to the Portuguese style: http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Conven%C3%A7%C3%A3o_de_nomenclatura#Iniciais_mai.C3.BAsculas_em_t.C3.ADtulos_compostos

      Despite of personal taste, the votation process of Wikipedia style (http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Vota%C3%A7%C3%B5es/Regra_para_t%C3%ADtulos) reveals that it is not a "pacified" matter, but it concludes that the most popular way - and the way that should be used in Wikipedia - is the formula mentioned above.

      Thus, I wonder if it would be possible to adapt Portuguese style to match our social practice and recommended style rules. Or at least put it into a votation process, like it was done on Wikipedia.
      Thanks.

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            Assignee:
            reosarevok Nicolás Tamargo
            Reporter:
            alvarobranco Álvaro Branco Araújo
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