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Re: Please review garmin-ant-downloader package description

Christian PERRIER wrote:
> For once, this is an ITP of mine..:-)
> The package would provide software to get data from Garmin Forerunner
> GPS watches that use a wireless proprietary procotol.

Neat - will http://www.debian.org/devel/developers.loc be getting
realtime updates?

> Here is what I came up with:
> Package: garmin-ant-downloader
> Architecture: any
> Depends: ${shlibs:Depends}, ${misc:Depends}
> Description: retrieve information from Garmin GPS devices using ANT+
>  This software uses the Garmin ANT+ proprietary USB keys and
>  communication protocol to retrieve information (such as GPS traces)
>  from some Garmin Forerunner watches such as Foreunner 405.
>  .
>  The software was originally named "gant" but renamed when packaged
>  to avoid confusion with existing Java software.

Other than the verb-based synopsis that looks fine.  Hang on, typo.
> Maybe mention "sport watches" as these are mostly used by runners,
> bikers, etc. ?

   from some Garmin Forerunner sport watches such as the Forerunner 405.

("Sport watch" and "sports watch" get similar Google hitcounts, and
meanwhile Garmin advertise it as a "sportswatch".)

> Maybe try having a noun sentence as synopsis instead of an infinitive?

Yes, something like:

  Description: Garmin GPS device information retriever using ANT+

That's assuming you can accurately describe this sofware as using
ANT+; if it's only the USB things that use ANT+ and the download is
performed via TFTP or something, use

  Description: information retriever for Garmin GPS devices using ANT+

Other options that might or might not be appropriate:

  Description: client for Garmin GPS devices using ANT+
  Description: ANT+ information retrieval client for Garmin GPS devices

One problem with "GPS device" is that to me it makes it sound as if
you've ripped one of those navigation computer things off a car
dashboard and strapped it to your wrist; I'd be happier calling them
GPS-enabled devices.  On the other hand people do seem to talk about
"GPS watches", "GPS bike computers" and so on.  Maybe it should say

  Description: ANT+ information retrieval client for Garmin GPS products
JBR	with qualifications in linguistics, experience as a Debian
	sysadmin, and probably no clue about this particular package

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