Are there characters we should consider disallowing in article titles?

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Are there characters we should consider disallowing in article titles?

Postby ritcheymt-p40 » Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:04 pm

I'm curious as to whether there are characters that we should disallow in article titles? I know the use of special characters like colons can make a challenge of an Exact Match search (or Go in Wikipedia), but are there other issues to consider here?

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Postby Thomas_Lerman » Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:21 am

Are you talking about special characters in names or just in general? I suppose that most names in English probably would not have any special characters. Other languages would obviously be a different story. Any special characters, no matter where they exist, can make it a challenge for Exact Match unless the person knows the exact format. However, I believe that clarity in the article title can be greatly helped with special characters. From a fork in another thread,

Illinois County Archives and Libraries
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Illinois - County Archives and Libraries

I believe this example can have two completely different meanings depending on how it is read.


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