[etoys-dev] duplicates and siblings

Markus Schlager m.slg at gmx.de
Thu Feb 24 16:30:23 EST 2011

On Thu, 24 Feb 2011, David Corking wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 3:32 PM, Rita Freudenberg wrote:
>> Derek, I agree that it is a good idea to orientate ourselfs on existing
>> software terminology. For the manual, we need to use the terms we find in
>> Etoys. But terms can be discussed and changed in later versions, if we have
>> a good reason.
> My suggestions (for a future version of Etoys)
> Stick with "sibling": it is slightly clearer than clone. I don't think
> the word "clone" as used in the Java language's Object.clone() message
> is any more helpful. I suspect "clone" is more easily confused with
> "copy" by those children whose English isn't very strong. (Also
> "clone" doesn't help translators who need to distinguish nouns from
> verbs.)
> "Duplicate" could easily be simplified to "copy" in a future version
> of Etoys. It means exactly the same thing, as far as I can tell, and
> sounds more friendly: a major goal.


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