matching "standard lyrics"
What is the capitalization standard for the lyrics page?
Foreign words and anything in Katakana should be in all CAPITAL LETTERS, everything else is lowercase.
If an English word is used in a Japanese sentence, it is written in uppercase, using Japanese spelling.
An entire english sentence or sentence fragment should be written in uppercase, using English spelling.
Please notice that you do not capitalize the first letter of a line or sentence as you would in English!
Mono-width spaces (the ones used in Kanji) are NOT to be used in Romaji!
What is the formatting standard for the lyrics pages?
If the Kanji lyrics are available, use the same pattern of line breaks for the Romaji and English lyrics.
Otherwise, each measure should be on one line, with two line breaks separating sections.
For those not musically inclined, it is safe to insert a line break after each pause in the song.
If a line of Romaji or English exceeds 80 characters, it is probably too long.
Please, do not re-format song lyrics unless there is an important reason to do so!
Tabs and double spaces will be converted to spaces, so don't bother typing them.
More than one blank line in a row will be converted to only one blank line.
What is the punctuation standard for the lyrics pages?
Under the Romaji tab, no punctuation is used.
Please do not use hyphens, commas, colons, quotation marks, exclamation marks, or any other punctuation symbol.
The only visible characters should be Romaji syllables.
Under the Kanji tab, regular Japanese punctuation is used.
If you don't know how punctuation is supposed to look in Japanese, please leave it alone!
Under the English tab, regular English punctuation is used.
What is the Romaji standard for the lyrics pages?
There are 3 major Romaji systems:
On this website, we use a form of "Toukyou" Revised Hepburn for the lyrics page, because it is easy to read phonetically.
Below is list that will help you understand and stick to the way we do Romaji here:
- Spaces should be put between words, including ALL particles! Verb endings stay attached to the verb.
- カタカナ (Katakana words) → UPPER CASE
- っ (small つ at the end of a word) → ~ (a tilde)
- は (the particle) → wa
- へ (the particle) → e
- を (the particle) → o
- おお → oo
- おう → ou
- うう → uu
- し → shi
- しゃ → sha
- しゅ → shu
- しょ → sho
- じ → ji
- じゃ → ja
- じゅ → ju
- じょ → jo
- ち → chi
- つ → tsu
- ちゃ → cha
- ちゅ → chu
- ちょ → cho
- ぢ → ji
- づ → zu
- ぢゃ → ja
- ぢゅ → ju
- ぢょ → jo
- ふ → fu
- 行く → iku (never yuku)
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