[squeakland] duplicates and siblings

David Corking lists at dcorking.com
Fri Apr 15 06:27:24 EDT 2011

On Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 7:12 PM, Markus Schlager wrote:

> In Etoys there are three words: duplicate, copy and sibling (and clone). And
> there are two tiles: 'copy' and 'tell all siblings'.
> I'm not a native speaker, whence I must ask: Is 'copy' more like 'duplicate'
> or more like 'sibling'. ...  If it is a surprise to
> English native speakers though, I'd suggest to rename the tile.

Markus, I am an English native speaker. It is a surprise to me too.
However, above, Bert wrote:

>> There is a tile named "copy". "Duplicate" is roughly equivalent to "playfield include: object copy".
>> A difference is that for siblings, "copy" creates another sibling.
and later
>> Most of the time it doesn't matter if it's a duplicate or a sibling.

Therefore I agree with Bert's suggestion that only the balloon help
should be changed. It seems to me that if a user is sufficiently
advanced to use siblings programmatically, they will be able to figure
out how to use the tile effectively despite its simplistic name.


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