[etoys-dev] duplicates and siblings

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Thu Feb 24 21:06:04 EST 2011

On 24.02.2011, at 17:55, K. K. Subramaniam wrote:

> On Thursday 24 Feb 2011 10:45:30 pm David Corking wrote:
>> 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.)
> Sibling seems to be the best option here. The only drawback is that it breaks 
> the stage play metaphor guiding the other terms (player, costume, script) etc. 
> Perhaps some simple word that means 'member of a chorus or choir' could be a 
> better fit?
>> "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.
> Copy is already used to mean "copy to clipboard" :-(. While the action may be 
> suppressed in Etoys mode, it will still lead to confusion.

There is a tile named "copy". "Duplicate" is roughly equivalent to "playfield include: object copy".

A difference is that for siblings, "copy" creates another sibling.

- Bert -

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