[Chandler-dev] is a unified displayName a good thing?

Ted Leung twl at osafoundation.org
Mon Apr 17 17:48:50 PDT 2006

On Apr 17, 2006, at 9:49 AM, Katie Capps Parlante wrote:

> Ted Leung wrote:
>> If you look at Bug 1745: <https://bugzilla.osafoundation.org/ 
>> show_bug.cgi?id=1745>, you'll see that there's another issue  
>> related to displayName /  title, which is localization.   I think  
>> that the localization stuff points to a separate Title attribute  
>> rather than displayName.   I suppose that you could even argue  
>> that the two names (title and displayName) are reversed in their  
>> meanings if you have both of them - title being the "system" name  
>> for the item and 'displayName' being the text that is localized,  
>> indexed, and  presented to the user.
> Hi Ted,
> I don't think your description above is exactly right. The way I  
> see it, a "two different attributes" proposal should look something  
> like this:
> - Title
>    - typically data entered by the user (e.g. title of an event)
>    - not localized
>    - indexed, this is the attribute you want in end user searches
> - Display Name
>    - system name
>    - typically created by parcels: blocks, events, schema items, etc.
>    - localized (shows up in columns and other display elements)
>    - not indexed, or indexed separately
> The motivator behind having one "displayName" or "displayAttribute"  
> was a requirement that *any* item should be able to show up in a  
> table and have some reasonable "display name". I think we can find  
> a way to meet this requirement some other way -- the localization  
> and index issues are clearly more important requirements. Right now  
> we have no requirement to display blocks in tables, for example.

So is the rule to display the title in preference to the  
displayName?   It seems to me that the only time that displayName is  
really that useful is when the item being displayed is an attribute  
name -- I can imagine localizing that data, I can't imagine  
localizing data entered by the user.    I guess you could have a  
displayName that was "Untitled foobar", which might make some sense  
to localize, except that when display a summary view full of untitled  
items, you' just see a pile of "Untitled foobar" rows.

> +1 for two different attributes btw.

I know Alec was working on a writeup on this topic as well.  Alec,  
I'd be curious to know if Katie's ideas match up with yours?   If  
this is going to get into alpha2, we are going to need to come to  
agreement fairly soon.


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