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RE: [TSVN] how should the UI look like

From: Mark Phippard <MarkP_at_softlanding.com>
Date: 2005-04-10 01:55:42 CEST

> I think that "Get Lock" and "Release Lock" are still sticking to the
> Subversion terms, but are MUCH more intuitive. Are you guys saying that
> TSVN shouldn't even use these terms or you just mean that you don't want
> to be changed to something like "checkout"/"checkin"?

I do not think those descriptions are bad, I just think the simple
Lock/Unlock are better. I am sure we could come up with more descriptive
names for all of the menu options. How about "Undo Local Modifications"
instead of "Revert"? I am sure Update/Commit could also be "better". What
does it accomplish? If your users cannot learn the vocabularly, setup DAV
Autoversioning and have them just mount it as a drive.

People are going to use a mix of clients, they are going read books and
help, and Google. Those sources are all going to use the Subversion terms
and you are just going to make it more difficult in the long run to make up
new terms. I also think it is visually easier to spot simple commands in
the context menu.

Just as an example, scan the Daily Use Guide table of contents. Say you are
doing a commit and want to read about something. Now find it. You look
and look and do not see Commit any where. Eventually it occurs to you that
"Sending Your Change to the Repository" means commit. As a book that you
just read, the way it is written is great. If you are just scanning for
something it isn't. I am not criticizing the help, after all it is context
sensitive which would make this moot. I am simply saying that dumbing down
the commands and inventing new terms is bad.


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