Re: folder vs. directory

On Sat, 2002-10-05 at 13:15, Christian Neumair wrote:
> Hi there!
> Maybe some of you asked themselves the same question:
> Why do we use folder instead of directory in applications like Nautilus?
> I assume that this was introduced to make it easier for people who used
> to run Windows on their computer. I think it's totally inconsistent to
> make a difference between graphical and console applications in
> terminology.

Because the purpose of the graphical interface is to abstract away the
underlying complexity, and the graphical interface has long used the
folder metaphor:



 A special type of file that enables you to organize other files into a
 hierarchical structure. Only use the term directory when you make 
 specific references to the structure of the file system."



 A representation of a directory in a graphical program. Use the term
 folder when you document programs that use folder icons to represent


(adding gnome-doc-list to the cc's)
John Fleck
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