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Bug#144046: general: Sections are not finely grained

On Mon, Apr 22, 2002 at 04:15:23PM +0200, Javier Fern?ndez-Sanguino Pe?a wrote:
> > I think it would be better to drop the sections altogether and use a
> > keyword-based system someone suggested a few months ago. The
> > advantages would be:
> >  - ultimate fine-grainedness (?)
> >  - no dillemas about where to put packages which fit in more than
> >    section (like x11 net-related programs)
> 	Users need a hierachical layout in order to find software.
> Keyword by themselves are not that much useful since they would be
> only appropiate to the language used. Several disadvantages:
> 1.- more difficult to translate than sections

You will end up with no less section names than with tag names, and with
same level of detail it will be exactly as difficult to translate.

> 2.- are not organised hierarchicaly (sp?)

That is actually benefit as I see it.

You can arrage tags in arbitrary order depending on your needs: group by
'net' first and then by 'x11' and build hierarchy from that. But how can
you rearrage it and sort by 'x11' first, if within hierarchy you have
fixed positions 'x11/net' and 'net/x11'?

> 3.- difficult to represent graphically in a package-administration gui
> (sections are easily represented as trees).

Take a look at synaptic.

> 	Also take in account that the users will always see a
> hierarchicaly (sp?) division of software if using the menu system (in
> any window manager) or KDE and GNOME.

That is not a good reason to keep it that way. If we come up with
tag-based package classification scheme, we can provide support for it
in Debian menu system.

Dmitry Borodaenko

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