Re: User-Friendly Names


There are two reasons why the Windows examples are okay:

      * The examples you list don't come with windows.  You have to
        install them separately later.  Thus, you probably already know
        what they are.  The software which comes WITH windows is named
        in such a way that it's obvious what it is.  (Mostly)
      * There are huge advertising budgets behind these names.  They're
        brands.  This means that people already associate Outlook with

Of course, if the user hasn't been paying any attention to all the
advertising and has the software pre-loaded on their machine, they are
often confused.

On Fri, 2002-09-20 at 11:22, Ross Burton wrote:
> On Fri, 2002-09-20 at 16:05, John J. Boyer wrote:
> > Christophe,
> > Thanks. This is what I was looking for. I'm glad that Gnome is getting 
> > away from the jargon that has hampered the acceptance of Unix and  
> > Linux. 
> > John
> One thing I've always wondered is why products with odd names is seen as
> a bad unix thing...
> Are these product names sensible and clearly state what they are:
> Outlook
> Excel
> Powerpoint
> Access
> Quatro Pro
> Notes
> Paradox
> ...
> Admittedly Microsoft have been getting better recently, with Media
> Player and Messenger.
> Ross
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