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

karl ramberg karlramberg at gmail.com
Wed Mar 7 07:16:07 EST 2012

I also suggest a rearrangement in the menu to put 'remove "var1"' on the


On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM, karl ramberg <karlramberg at gmail.com> wrote:

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