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Re: what is "Document Viewer"?

Arthur Pemberton wrote:
On Thu, May 7, 2009 at 9:56 AM, Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com> wrote:
Kevin Kofler wrote:
brian wrote:
Thanks, Sam & Georgi. I'm having a little PDF issue: ghostscript is
complaining but Document Viewer is not. I needed to know that app is for
debugging info. This is perfect.
Yet another reason why programs should be named with their actual name in
the menus, not some generic name. :-/ This crap really needs to get fixed.

I think you have lost sight of the user here, the average user would see
"evince" in a menu and have zero idea what it is and does.

None of us have any idea what the average Fedora is. Making decisions
based on a fictional user is not useful. You need to worry about the
users here and now, that are represented.

It is a
meaningless collections of vowels and consonants which are unrelated to the
function. The name of the application should be available, but not at the
expense of something useful to typical user.
 document viewer (evince)
 document viewer (xpdf)
for examples.

Regardless of skill level, "document view" is not a useful search
term. Evince however is. Giving the user the ability to find
information, instead of assume it is more useful.

If you find a meaningless word in a menu more useful than a description of what service it provides or problem is solves, good for you. Most people, in Fedora or real life, would prefer that they know what's on the menu before ordering.

The average Fedorian is someone who has not studied every program in /usr/bin just for the fun of it. And I admit that since I have other tools to view pdf files (xpdf mainly) that I have never felt any curiosity about evince, nor would I be likely to launch anything "just to see what happens."

Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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