[linux-elitists] WindowManagers

D. Joe Anderson deejoe@raccoon.com
Thu Jan 22 08:39:24 PST 2004

On Thu, Jan 08, 2004 at 04:14:37AM -0800, Jim Richardson wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 08, 2004 at 10:24:21PM +1100, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> ><quote who="Peter Whysall">
> >>What's the accepted nomenclature for these things? I know "applet" is
> >>verboten in the docs, but I'm at a loss as to what to call them instead.
> >>Tools? Accessories? Thingers?
> >
> >Yeah, "applet", which is a bogus name, brought up all the way back in Sun's
> >first usability test. If you think of a k-rad name, let me know. ;-)
> cantrips
> bit obscure perhaps, but I like it. :)

I stumbled across this when looking at some of the usage
patterns for the Commonly Used Open Group Trademark Which Shall
Not Be Named, and remembered this thread.


   This interface design pattern, though fairly common, has not
   traditionally been named; the term #cantrip# is my invention.
   (In origin, it's a Scots-dialect word for a magic spell,
   which has been picked up by a popular fantasy-role-playing
   game to tag a spell that can be cast instantly, with minimal
   or no preparation.)


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