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Is There Some Technical Reason We Can't Use Punctuation Marks In Our Titles?

Posted by: Digital Photographic Arts on 06/06/2013 - 5:52 PM

Or is it just not done. I mean, a comma, or question mark might be nice to put into the title of a work of art.


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Posted by: Heather Applegate on 06/06/2013 - 6:16 PM

It screws with the URL here... but I use them on every other site I've ever been on without a problem, so not sure why it's a problem here.


Posted by: Deborah Smolinske on 06/06/2013 - 7:48 PM

I don't know what kind of database software is used here on FAA, but most database software goes completely nuts when it sees punctuation marks because punctuation marks mean something different to a computer than they do to a human. I expect that's why we can't use them here.


Posted by: Doug Srock on 06/06/2013 - 7:59 PM

Because punctuation marks are not actual text. They are translated into their ASCII codes and most databases can't handle that easily.
Go look at:


Posted by: Bob Galka on 06/06/2013 - 9:00 PM

As a programmer I can tell you that while technically true it is certainly easily overcome with a little creative programming. It is done everyday.. I think it is just not on the priority list of the programming staff here.



Posted by: Jim Hughes on 06/06/2013 - 9:18 PM

This bugs me too.


Posted by: Doug Srock on 06/06/2013 - 9:52 PM

There is no creative programming on this site.

And the way he's rendering pages, dealing with Ascii conversion especially in URL's would not be "simple."
It would require additional code he is simply not using.

Plus, he's still coding the site to the HTML 4.01 standard.

It won't be long before the whole thing crashes in most browsers as unreadable and obsolete.


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 06/06/2013 - 10:07 PM

You can use question marks - I have them in two titles.


Posted by: Jeff Kolker on 06/06/2013 - 10:23 PM

I think it has to do with making the site as "Google friendly" as possible... but it would be nice, as sometimes the title NEEDS the punctuation or it won't make sense..or less sense.


Posted by: Jim Vansant on 06/07/2013 - 12:55 AM

I have worked around this somewhat by using a capitol "I" as a divider. I used to use a small "l" (ell) but Sean switched the header so all words begin with a capitol and my "l" became "L" and I had to go back and change all my titles that I had done this to. I don't know why he did this because standard titles don't start every word with a capitol-words like "the" and I don't think it would affect the google search. Jim Vansant


Posted by: Digital Photographic Arts on 06/07/2013 - 7:12 AM

Thanks for the responses guys.


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 06/07/2013 - 7:22 AM

My workaround is to use the 'real' title -- with proper punctuation, case, etc. -- as the first line of my description. That way, there's at least a chance of having the correct title seen and (hopefully) appreciated.

@Mary -- Interesting! I've never been able to make that happen. Though dashes/hyphens and apostrophes work okay.


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 06/07/2013 - 11:04 AM

That's odd, Wendy. I have two titles (that I can think of off the top of my head) that have had question marks in them for over a year. I know they didn't work when I first joined in 2010. I also have apostrophes in some, but commas and dashes don't work. Nor do accent marks. In fact, accent marks don't even work in keywords, which I would like because the foreign names of places, etc. are spelled wrong in my descriptions without the accent marks.


Posted by: Chuck Staley on 06/07/2013 - 11:49 AM

I agree that it is bothersome and, as Mary stated, this is an international site, isn't it?


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