On Wednesday 25 April 2007 09:49 Clayton wrote:
night ;) tought about it again and I'm now convinced we
should go for one of those:
or something similar. Avoiding "source" would be a plus because this
term is too closely coupled with "source code" and open software user
are probably not ready to understand the differences easily.
I've bumped into some difficulty with the term repository when I say
it to unsuspecting new users... the word has little meaning to them.
Software catalog or something similar is much more
In the past, I also made the experience that you have to explain to many users
what a "software catalog" is, unfortuantely this is also no self-explanatory
It (in my mind anyway) describes exactly what it is... a software
library or a collection of software that end-users can browse and
select applications from.
well, for me at least, the term "library" might also be confused with
libraries" - so similar problem as the possible confusion
between "installation sources" and "source code" some people mentioned
it seems to be impossible to find a highly self-explanatory term which appeals
to all users (unexperienced newbies, geeks, developers... to name only a
few "categories") and which doesn't have all sorts of connotations...
for me, the most important thing therefore is to be consistent in
terminology - whatever the actual term may be.
I think readers may get used to many terms as long as you use them
consistently (throughout the software strings, documentation, translation
etc.). Especially for unexperienced users it is extremely difficult to figure
out what a certain topic or term is all about if it is not used
consistently - not to mention the exponential growth of terms and confusion
you may get when a text which contains various terms for the same thing is
in many environments and sorts of texts, variation is a good thing
(literature, journalistic texts etc.) - but in tech writing, consistency is a
very important feature
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