Language swap

Corey Burger corey.burger at gmail.com
Thu Mar 10 13:23:46 UTC 2005


Hmm.

Troublesome
3 different opinions

Well it is not major. Leave it for now.

Corey

On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 09:42:02 +0000, Matthew Thomas <mpt at myrealbox.com> wrote:
> Corey Burger wrote:
>  >
> > I had a thought about the word applications. The word programs, IMHO,
> > is clearer for the target audience. Applications is more a
> > power-user/developer term. Thoughts?
> >...
> 
> "Programs" is the term used for all user-visible executables in Windows,
> since Windows 3.0 if not before. "Applications" is the term used for
> (almost) all user-visible executables in Mac OS (the exception being the
> old "desktop accessories"), since System 6 if not before. Since then,
> both systems have retained the terminology, presumably for backward
> mental compatibility. But I don't think anyone would argue System 6 was
> more of a "power-user/developer" system than Windows 3.0 was!
> 
> However, given the plain English meaning of "application" as "a specific
> use to which something is put", I'd prefer to confine it to things that
> people actually want to use computers for. Utilities don't fall into
> that category, for example (nobody says "I bought a computer so I could
> run GConf"), and neither do most daemons (nobody says "I bought a
> computer so I could run initd").
> 
> So, programs = applications + utilities + other obscure stuff.
> 
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