Sorry I took so long in getting back. On Tue, 2004-04-20 at 09:17 +0100, Patrick Costello wrote: > "James M. Cape" wrote: > > [snip] > > Quit means "quit this task". > > Our investigations caused us to conclude that "quit" is an abrupt cessation > of activity. Often not particularly desirable or chosen. Well, obviously quitting any application is evil, because all users should always use the same app. > > Exit should not be used, because one doesn't "exit" a task. > > I'm not entirely sure. The AHD says: "Task (5): A computer programming > technique for ending a repeated cycle of operations." I guess I always thought that the most common synonym of the term "Exit" is not "stop" but "leave". In the same vein I belive "quit" means "stop" in it's most common usage. This was the rationale for the HIG's choice, IIRC. > > http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gup/hig/1.0/language.html#id2862949 > > http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gup/hig/1.0/menus.html#the-file-menu > > > > So, any "Exit" items which appear in the desktop are a bug according to > > the HIG. > > > > Problem is, "Exit" is used in the Desktop and applications. So what are > documentors supposed to document? Ok, we can log a bug, but the term is > still present for users. I'd recommend logging a bug and adding a note where appropriate that states "Exit" is a deprecated alias for "Quit". So far as the bugs are concerned, it's typically more work to make the app use "Exit" rather than just use the GTK_STOCK_QUIT stock item. -- Peace, Jim Cape http://ignore-your.tv "We still name our military helicopter gunships after victims of genocide. Nobody bats an eyelash about that: Blackhawk. Apache. And Comanche. If the Luftwaffe named its military helicopters Jew and Gypsy, I suppose people would notice." -- Noam Chomsky, "Propaganda and the Public Mind"
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