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Afrikaans alphabet and characters

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Afrikaans characters

Afrikaans grammar rules

Afrikaans nouns have no gender.

There are two numbers (singular and plural), definite and indefinite article.

Afrikaans formatting rules

Short date formatyyy-MM-dd
e.g. 2016-03-17
Long date formatdd MMMM yyyy or yyyy-MM-dd
e.g. 17 March 2011 or 2011-03-17

Afrikaans capitalisation usage

  • People’s names.
  • Geographical names (of countries, counties/states, cities etc.).
  • Headings/titles and column/row headings should start with a capital letter unless a proper noun is featured.
  • Product names follow the source capitalisation.
  • Always use uppercase at the beginning of each module descriptor title: “Start | Geavanceerd zoeken | Mijn voorkeuren | Site aanmelden | Help”.
  • Always use uppercase for each descriptor of a graphic for functional element (“Klik op de knop Zoeken”, “Klik op het tabblad Opties”).
  • Always use uppercase when referring to UI elements: “Kies een provincie uit de lijst en klik op Zoeken.” and to keys (T, Shift, Alt), key combinations should be rewritten using the plus sign (+): “Ctrl+C”.
  • The first word following a colon should not be written with a capital, unless there is more than one sentence after the colon. In that case, the first word should be written with a capital.

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