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Double feature - title spacing
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorBehemot
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There have been a few contributions of double features now where the contributor adds spaces on both sides of the "/" sign in the title, saying he adds spacing "as per the rules".

Example:

Village of the Damned/Children of the Damned

is corrected to

Village of the Damned / Children of the Damned

Can this be correct? I've never heard of the "/"-sign being used with spaces on both sides! I also think it looks much better without the spaces next to the "/".
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I am not aware of any rule regarding this, but I put my vote toward adding the spaces.  Without them, it makes the last word and first words look jammed together in the program.
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There is no rule regarding adding spaces before and after the forward slash.  I use no spaces before and after the slash.  Not only because I think it looks better but also to conserve space.  Some of my box sets have three titles on one disc and with the 100 character limit to the title field every space is precious .
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I tend to believe that professional typesetter put a space around the slash when the alternatives are multiple words. But then I'm not a professional typesetter.
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I prefer the space, but I freely admit it is nothing more than a personal preference.

I do the same when a person has multiple role names also.
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From WikipediA

English language
The most common use is to replace the hyphen to make clear a strong joint between words or phrases, such as "the Ernest Hemingway/William Faulkner generation". Yet very often it is used to represent the concept or, especially in instruction books.

The symbol also appears in the phrase and/or, a prose representation of the logical concept of disjunction.

The virgule is also used to indicate a line break when quoting multiple lines from a poem, play, or headline. In this case (and only in this case), a space is placed before and after the virgule. For example: "Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, / But bears it out even to the edge of doom".

British English particularly makes use of this alternation with a hyphen in forming abbreviations. Many examples are found in writings during the Second World War. For example, 'S/E' means 'single-engined', as a quick way of writing a type of aircraft. And in the US, "O/O" is used by trucking firms or taxicabs to mean "owner-operator" (or "owned and operated by"). Notice that the phrase has a hyphen, whereas the abbreviation uses the slash.

The slash is often used, perhaps incorrectly, to separate the letters in a two-letter initialism such as R/C (short for radio control) or w/o (without). Purists strongly discourage this newer use of the symbol. However, since other uses of the slash with individual characters are highly context-specific, confusion is not likely to arise. Other examples include b/w (between or, sometimes, black and white), w/e (whatever, also weekend or week ending), and r/w (read-write).

Never include spaces on either side of a slash.
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Since it is two titles, I say use the spaces.
And, IMO it looks better.
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Quoting 8ballMax:
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From WikipediA

English language
The most common use is to replace the hyphen to make clear a strong joint between words or phrases, such as "the Ernest Hemingway/William Faulkner generation". Yet very often it is used to represent the concept or, especially in instruction books.

The symbol also appears in the phrase and/or, a prose representation of the logical concept of disjunction.

The virgule is also used to indicate a line break when quoting multiple lines from a poem, play, or headline. In this case (and only in this case), a space is placed before and after the virgule. For example: "Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, / But bears it out even to the edge of doom".

British English particularly makes use of this alternation with a hyphen in forming abbreviations. Many examples are found in writings during the Second World War. For example, 'S/E' means 'single-engined', as a quick way of writing a type of aircraft. And in the US, "O/O" is used by trucking firms or taxicabs to mean "owner-operator" (or "owned and operated by"). Notice that the phrase has a hyphen, whereas the abbreviation uses the slash.

The slash is often used, perhaps incorrectly, to separate the letters in a two-letter initialism such as R/C (short for radio control) or w/o (without). Purists strongly discourage this newer use of the symbol. However, since other uses of the slash with individual characters are highly context-specific, confusion is not likely to arise. Other examples include b/w (between or, sometimes, black and white), w/e (whatever, also weekend or week ending), and r/w (read-write).

Never include spaces on either side of a slash.



I agree!
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Personally I think the no spaces is best, or at a compromise I would often use:

"First Name/ Second Name" (with a space after the slash, but not before)

This may be majorly correct English but I think the spacing either side is wrong (and it seems Wikipedia would agree with me) but I also think it is too bunched up with no spaces, and in shorter spaces it links "Name/Second" as one word, whereas "Name/ Second" would usually create a carriage return:


ie.
"First Name/ Second Name/ Third Name"
becomes:

"First Name/
Second Name/
Third Name"
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Quoting Behemot:
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There have been a few contributions of double features now where the contributor adds spaces on both sides of the "/" sign in the title, saying he adds spacing "as per the rules".

Example:

Village of the Damned/Children of the Damned

is corrected to

Village of the Damned / Children of the Damned



Just how trivial can discussions in these forums become? Either form clearly indicates what is happening here. Does it really matter which is used?
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Quoting johnd:
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Quoting Behemot:
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There have been a few contributions of double features now where the contributor adds spaces on both sides of the "/" sign in the title, saying he adds spacing "as per the rules".

Example:

Village of the Damned/Children of the Damned

is corrected to

Village of the Damned / Children of the Damned



Just how trivial can discussions in these forums become? Either form clearly indicates what is happening here. Does it really matter which is used?


This may seem like a pointless detail, but IMO it is not any more "trivial" than people arguing whether to put ":" or "-" in titles or whether to correct typos in back cover overviews or not. The whole point of reaching agreements about these things (or, preferably, a note in the rules) is to avoid ping-pong contributions.
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Unfortunately this is one of the more overlooked part of the rules, yet I find it one of the most important of them all, and it covers this perfectly:

"Make sure your contributions add significant value to the database."

Personally I would find a contribution adding or removing such spaces in violation of this rule, and simply vote no.

I'll do the same if someone for example are trying to change between the two "legal" ways of capitalizing Danish movie titles.

I consider the following changes to be significent:
1) Add missing information (no matter if I personally use it or not)
2) Changes of data that is wrong or in clearly in violation of the rules (so for the unclear rules, I'll vote no to changes from one interpretation to another).

Anything else - expect a no from me.
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I'll join my name to the "I know it's not in the Rules but I think it looks better with spaces and, FWIW, I believe is the 'widely accepted' standard from many years of many people contributing"
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I like it better without spaces.


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Quoting TomGaines:
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I like it better without spaces.


Same here
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The majority of titles in my collection have no spaces, and this is how I understand it should be.
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