utisoft at googlemail.com utisoft at googlemail.com
Mon Sep 14 22:22:47 UTC 2009

On 14 Sep 2009 23:14, Polytropon <freebsd at edvax.de> wrote:
> On Mon, 14 Sep 2009 22:02:49 +0000, utisoft at googlemail.com wrote:

> > Yeah, unfortunately I still think of 'folders', and am continually

> > wrong-footed by the term 'directory' in a graphical environment, even  
> after

> > years of GNU and FreeBSD use.....

> Just imagine if the Xerox Alto and its first GUI wouldn't have

> been invented in the US, but in Germany. Then we would refer

> to "ring binders" or "lever arch folders", or "ordners" or

> "actenordner" (the german word is "der Ordner" or "der Akten-

> ordner"). Surely, this would be the default symbol:

> http://www.officexl.de/kopierpapier/images/ordner.jpg

> And all paper sizes defaults would refer to DIN A4 in the first

> place... what a beautiful imagination! :-)

> > I have all sorts of strange habits that many will recognise as symptoms  
> of

> > multi-booting and running servers. There's no shame in that!

> Please don't get me wrong: There are correct places to use the

> term "folder", eg when talking about "mail folders" (which can

> be represented as files (mbox) or directories with files (MH) on

> the disk level). But in the case discussed, "directory" is the

> correct term. There's no need to change proven terminology just

> because some company indoctrinates you to do so. :-)

> How important it is to use the correct terminology is when users

> start asking you questions about their "modems" (refers to PC),

> their "TV" and their "brains" (refers to speakers), or start

> complaining that "the file system is too big" (refers to the

> icon size in the file manager used), and want "the same pictures

> at home as I have them at work" (refers to the OS).

> To sum it up in quite your own words: "I have all sorts of strange

> habits that many will recognise as symptoms of asperger's syndrome.

> There's no shame in that!" :-)

Certainly no shame in that, but also one should be corrected on errors of  
terminology. Sorry if I didn't make that clear (I didn't!). I merely meant  
to point out that the best of us make terminological errors, and that it's  
all part of our 'diversity'. However, you were still right to correct the  
term IMO.


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