Re: ANNOUNCE: Andromeda Data Dictionary File Format

From: Kenneth Downs <knode.wants.this_at_see.sigblock>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 10:53:34 -0400
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DM Unseen wrote:

> OK I could have ignored the last post, but it makes the thread flow top
> to bottom, which has some scarcity value on cdt;)
> You should realize that some kind of userland mods are needed to do
> e.g. internationalization. Note that in your dictionary I could not
> see the difference between Caption, Name and Description. IIMO that is
> required, since the Caption needs the ablity to be localized by the
> user, but the Name would be fixed. Note also that in localization you
> would need to distinguish between an entity's "formal" description
> (sometimes also called business description), and it's user description
> (which you can use as tooltip/helptext). BTW I assumed some profile
> system as well. I would think the only other thing really worth
> localizing is a fields format property, but most of that should be
> handled by the client browser.
> Another good use for this is what is sometimes called user views, which
> are based on their business role (instead of their language
> preferences). This is esp. useful when you designed general entities
> that have different meanings for different types of users.

Agreed all around, we simply left it out of draft 0.1. Much closer to the beginning I had i18n in there, but it was muddying up other efforts and I stripped it out for the sake of clarifying those. Now that those are cleared up we can do i18n in Copious Free Time.

In response to your specified point re: caption, name and description, these are in fact unified right now as a single property. Our next mod there will be to add "short caption" as a column heading, and i18n will likely ride along that feature.

Kenneth Downs
Secure Data Software, Inc.
Received on Tue Jun 14 2005 - 16:53:34 CEST

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