Don't agree Mark, on 2 counts.
One, in the context of the initial post, my complaint about document-centered
terminology was in relation to some runners (hopefully :-) , not walkers.
I'm taking it for granted that my audience is on the higher rungs of Mt.Clue,
and understands that the name of the game is intergalactic objects, not
merely the desktop. My comments weren't addressing the "masses".
Two, when we *do* start to target the masses with this stuff, I still think
you want an imagery that makes it accessible to them. Joe Sixpack
(no, not Kiniry or Barrera) probably can't even spell "document", let
alone "compound" or "centric". Don't confuse him with stuff that maybe
made sense on a desktop, but isn't relevant when the interface you're
giving him isn't a computer screen, but is just his old familiar objects -
his beer can, his remote, his LazyBoy. That is, Joe is a *person*, in
his *place*, doing his *thing*. Not a document in sight. The fact that
as he cracks open a fresh brewskie, the damn thing's shadow initializes,
connects to the bitspace, contacts anheuserbusch to report that brewskie
can serial #44534325 is about
to get drunk at 3:47PM at 12 Elm St., Topeka Kansas is unknown to him.
He only cares when his shadow queries
the poor brewskie and finds out it's the last damn one! THAT, he can understand.
THAT, he cares about. THEN, he can appreciate the bloody bits flying around,
as it auto-orders a fresh case of beer to be delivered.
I find document terminology to be very confusing. I remember talking
to Gayl about this - it only sinks in when you stop saying "document"
and start saying "container" - documents obscure the issue.
I say forget this document stuff. Objects are where it's at.
>Mark Baker, Ottawa Ontario CANADA. Java, CORBA, OpenDoc, Beans
>firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com http://www.iosphere.net/~markb
> Will distribute business objects for food.