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Re: Vote for a new name
Re: Vote for a new name
Fri, 17 Oct 2003 11:06:52 +0200
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I have been thinking about this too, and must say I find it very hard to
come up with a good name. The most logical one to me would be
DirectoryBrowser.app but I know that Directory might be confusing.
I had the same problem as Lee, with GSLDAPBrowser and LDAPBrowser. I
don't know a good English term for Directory that would not create the
confusion with directories on disk.
So the end conclusion to me would be DirectoryBrowser.app since nothing
else could describe the app more clearly.
Frédéric PRACA wrote:
Quoting "Pascal J.Bourguignon" <address@hidden>:
Frédéric PRACA writes:
I hesitated a lot for the name of GSLDAPBrowser and as Alex Perez told me
it seems that he said that to others) that GS.... name is too common and
indicates that the project only compiles on GNUstep (which is true for the
moment and maybe for a long time). So, I'd like you to tell me the name
Personnally, LDAPBrowser.app wasn't so bad but I wait for your
I'm thinking that LDAP is only one protocol to access directories.
There are other: ph, x500, etc, and perhaps one day you'll want to
subclass and allow your application to access these directories too.
Think also about reading directory and directory entry files (LDIF,
vCard, AddressBook, PalmDesktop TAB&RETURN formated address books,
But this way, it duplicates Addresses from Björn Giesler (I think of vCard and
AddressBook). Moreover, the structure of these directories are very different
and the GUI won't be accurate anymore. But it's an interesting point of view.
So you could easily expand your horizons beyond LDAP...
Discuss-gnustep mailing list
"GSLDAPBrowser" is way way beyond my eyeballs' ability to chop up and
decode visually. It comes across as
"GOSDUIFGUKLHG(TOO_MANY_LETTERS!!!)rowser.app" Sorry, had to exaggerate
that one for everybody.
The good: It says what it is. It says what it does:
"GS"(GNUstep)"LDAP"(Lightweight Directory Access Protocol)"Browser"
Everybody seems to have communally decided against prefixing all GNUstep
based applications as "GS"SomeName.app, a la GNOME. This leads to more
variety, and seems like a good way to go. (GWorkspace, for example.
*nudge* "superfluous "G" *nudge* :-) )
So, bye-bye "GS". Hello "LDAPBrowser.app". Still too many acronymal to
fit into my mouth. My jaw hurts just lookin' at that. :-)
Okay, it's a "browser" type program. Lets keep that in mind. It uses the
LDAP protocol... Mail.app isn't called "MBOXMIMEBrowser". So what is an
analogue for GSLDAPBrowser, when condensed/abstracted toward its function?
"Tourguide.app" won't work, because although the app "takes you on a
tour" of "foreign directories" (i.e. on other machines) it just doesn't
"Waypost.app" or "Signpost.app" are possibilities... Both evoke a "which
way into strange and foreign _paths_ can we take?"
"Lightweight.app" refers to the protocol, however I think it
oversimplifies the title to the point where it may be obscure.
Looking up LDAP and the X.500 protocol it is derived from (aka DAP(which
a corresponding "Heavyweight.app client could be entitled. hehehe stop
hitting me!)) conveyed to me that the protocols refer to a "directory
web" in the way that the world wide web refer to a "document and content
Therefore DAP and LDAP are ways to globally deal with document
hierarchies. So "Hierarchy.app" makes sense. As does
"HierarchyBrowser.app" or "HierarchyWaypost.app" even
"HierarchyTourguide.app." Perhaps "HierarchyPortal.app."
There was also the idea listed to drop the protocol specific terminology
from the application title to permit other protocols to be supported. In
that aspect should the application then be morphed into a bundle for
FileViewer? If that becomes the desired direction then perhaps
GSLDAPBrowser could be converted into a protocol manager for FileViewer,
or the necessary Preferences panes to accomplish that, with the
directory browsing portion being repackaged as a plugin bundle for
FileViewer. Maybe then FileViewer could become "Portal" or "FilePortal"
to indicate its expanded capability.
Or not. I'm just tring to offer constructive food for thought. It really
is kinda funny (the ha ha variety) that I was choking on the
"GSLDAPBrowser.app" title a couple days ago, and now there is a proposal
for potential renaming.
All in all after thinking/typing out my ideas on the title, I think I
like "HierarchyPortal.app" or "HierarchyWaypost.app" the most.
Discuss-gnustep mailing list
- Vote for a new name, Frédéric PRACA, 2003/10/14
- Vote for a new name, Pascal J . Bourguignon, 2003/10/14
- Re: Vote for a new name, Frédéric PRACA, 2003/10/14
- Re: Vote for a new name, thisguyisi, 2003/10/17
- Re: Vote for a new name,
Dennis Leeuw <=
- Re: Vote for a new name, Chris Beaham, 2003/10/17
- Re: Vote for a new name, PUYDT Julien, 2003/10/17
- Re: Vote for a new name, Helge Hess, 2003/10/17
- Re: Vote for a new name, Alex Perez, 2003/10/17
- Re: Vote for a new name, Pascal J . Bourguignon, 2003/10/17
- Re: Vote for a new name, Gregory John Casamento, 2003/10/17