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Re: [opensuse-project] Proposal for adapting the trademark guidelines
  • From: Jean Cayron <jean.cayron@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:56:29 +0100
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No problem, I'm not angry. In any case, that point is not en essential
issue. I generally agree to your point of using proper English as I'm
also everytime angry when I see the level of language used by some
people in my language. It's just that some time the same thing can be
said in several ways, still being right. That's the richness of our
languages all engineers and coders won't change it.

As Descartes used to say: "Ce qui se conçoit bien s'énonce clairement
et les mots pour le dire viennent aisément" (In modern English it
would be "Wat is well understood is said clairly end the words to say
it come easily").



2011/3/15 Helen South <helen.south@xxxxxxxxxxxx>:
Jean, my apologies, it was not my intention to imply that your english
(or that of any other non native speaker) is poor, far from it.  It's
just that there is a tendency among us to dissect things, and argue
fine points or "split hairs" as the expression goes. (and in fact,
your English is very good and so I thought you were just 'splitting
hairs' yourself.) I think sometimes we want language to be like code,
but it isn't, and trying to make it as unequivocal as code makes
documents unreadable.

If you look up any word, you can find many meanings - it's a bit like
trying to rely on Google translate. But usually the correct meaning is
clear from context and 'standard useage', and in this case it is
straightforward. I appreciate that this might create issues for some
non native speakers, but an accurate translation should fix any

Again, my apologies, I should not be so terse.



IRC: helen_au

On Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 7:11 PM, Jean Cayron <jean.cayron@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I just give my point of view. Maybe you are correct. I agree it must
be straigtforward and in good plain english but don't look down on non
native speaker, sorry if we speek with words of one syllabe. They'll
be the ones who will misunderstood it. And openSUSE is an
international project.

But I suppose this kind of question should be solved by a lawyer and
not by geeks sinds these are a copyright terms.

So I will not argue anymore on this.



2011/3/10 Helen South <helen.south@xxxxxxxxxxxx>:
On Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 10:06 PM, Jean Cayron <jean.cayron@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
2011/3/9 Helen South <helen.south@xxxxxxxxxxxx>:

As it's so clear, why do people like me ask it?
The title of a publication can be the title of the article of the
review inside Linux Magazine or the title of the blogpost. One does
not call the title of a post or article "name of the post/article" but
well "title". So it's well confusing.

A publication can be anything made available to the public, including
electronic publishing. (

While a title is (
3.The name of a book, film, musical piece, painting, or other work of art.
4.A publication.
5.A written title, credit, or caption shown with a film, video, or
performance (usually titles pl).
6.The subject of a writing; a short phrase that summarizes the entire

And a name is (
1.Any word or phrase which indicates a particular person, place,
class, or thing.

 If one will use that word "title", a short example should be given.
Also can a publication be many things.



Jean, you could say that of almost any word you might choose to use,
and by explaining every word in detail, the document becomes
unreadable. The more specific you get, the more problems can be
created by ommission, too. A somewhat broad definition covers all

Frankly, in common, standard English usage, the expression "Title of a
publication" is extremely clear and few people will misunderstand it.

A blog post has a title, but it is a post, not a publication. The
entire blog is the publication.

A magazine article has a title, but it is not a publication. The
magazine is the publication.

The definition needs to be in good plain english, not written in words
of one syllable.



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