Re: Album Support
- From: Warren Baird <photogeekmtl gmail com>
- To: Sam Barker <sam quadrocket co uk>
- Cc: f-spot-list <f-spot-list gnome org>
- Subject: Re: Album Support
- Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 12:06:22 -0400
Sam Barker wrote:
However, I think the key differentiator is what other people have
mentioned : Ordering. I think usable definitions are:
Tag: Identifies an unsorted collection of photos with a common theme
Album: Identifies a sorted collection of photos with a common theme
Surely the way you describe of using albums is exactly why we have tags,
and what tags are very good at. A tag is just a tag! It doesn't have any
other meaning. An album is a group of photos, this could either be a
physical group i.e. in the same folder on a disk or a logical group that
is a selection of photos with several tags in common i.e sam & emma &
I guess I didn't make my point clearly enough. The distinction other
people were making (and I think it's a good one) is *ORDERING*.
A tag identifies an unordered collection of photos. When you are
tagging photos, there's no way to say "I want to see this one first,
then this one, then the other one".
An Album is a *ORDERED* collection of photos. The user can say: "I want
to see this picture of Aunt Betty first, then this picture of her dog,
then this picture of her house, etc.". The ordering is remembered,
and used when doing slideshows, exporting to a web gallery, etc.
To be honest, I don't care what word we use (flikr uses the word "Set"
for what I'm describing as "Album"). But I think the ordered/unordered
thing is an important distinction that's missing in what f-spot does
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