Re: The Second Great Spelling Check (Re: Package descriptions and making them better)
Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 16, 2001 at 04:58:44PM -0800, Rick Younie wrote:
>> combobox and listbox are the proper names of the Tk widgets so
>> this would appear to be correct usage. I'll listen to arguments
>> but you'll have a lot of doc and FAQ authors to convince as well.
> If it did't appear in any dictionary or wordlist (even a technical one), and
> could be expressed with precisely the same meaning using existing words, I
> split it. "combo box" and "list box" fit those criteria. Just because the
> API calls happen to be combined into single words (as is often the case, due
> to the nature of identifiers in C and other languages), this doesn't mean
> that your description must use those same abbreviations.
Well, "list box" describes it because it is a box containing a
list but that's just coincidence. It could be called a "fredbox
widget" just as well. I don't have a good argument for you;
maybe the guys in comp.lang.tcl do. We're talking different
things here. You're talking about what it does; I'm talking
about its name, what it's called.
I expect the package will be dragging along a wishlist bug, as
long as I maintain it anyway.
>> I hate this kind of crap.
BTW, I think this is a great idea. It really spruces up Debian.
What I hate is working on sentence construction problems. It
makes my head hurt.