[etoys-dev] changing the name and value-type of a user-defined variable

karl ramberg karlramberg at gmail.com
Wed Mar 7 07:13:35 EST 2012

How about 'modify "var1" name and type' ?


On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 7:31 AM, Scott Wallace
<scott.wallace at squeakland.org>wrote:

> I think Richo's "new variable" dialog, in which name and value-type are
> specified together in a single dialog, is a good addition.
> And it's good that a similar dialog can be brought up to change the name
> and/or the value-type of a variable later on.
> But I feel that *finding* ones way to the change-name/change-type dialog
> is now harder -- not only does one have to fish in a menu to look for it,
> but one is likely to miss it, because neither the word "name" nor the word
> "type" occurs in the menu item.  Instead one must choose an item with
> wording of the form 'modify "var1"', and it has to register in the user's
> mind that this the correct path to the change-name/change-value-type dialog.
> To my mind the me this buries renaming and type-changing too deeply, so
> that people will be much less likely to find them and hence even to be
> aware that they *can* change the name and the type of a variable.
> So I wonder if we should consider changing the wording of this menu item
> to something more like "change name or type".  Or "change name and type".
>  Or "name and value-type".  Or in any case, *something* that directly
> catches the eye of a user scanning the menu for the word "name" or "type".
> Or perhaps even two menu items, "change name" and "change value-type", as
> before, but now both leading to the same dialog?
> Does anyone else share this concern?
>  -- Scott
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