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Re: gEDA-user: PCB: Stale rat's nest?

John Luciani wrote:
On 3/3/06, Vanessa Dannenberg <vanessadannenberg@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Perhaps it would be a good idea to show the user normal everyday words in
stead of 'refdes' and 'slot' and whatever else.  It makes a lot more sense at
first, and seems less daunting.  When I'm confronted with weird terms like
these, I think "Huh?  What does this mean?  This is too complicated for me."

I disagree that the terminology should be changed to more common
words.  In any profession a series of terms evolves that allows
succinct and accurate communication. Learning the terminology is a
necessary step to proficiency.

To reduce the learning curve there should be some sort of help menu
item that will access terms and definitions. If gaf has terms that are
different from standard industry terms (I am not sure if does) we
probably should change them.

I think what we need is early on in the documentation to have a quick and to the point definition of terms. Unfortunately, there is not an industry standard among cad tools so such a section (I'm thinking a page or less) would be a big help. For example, what we call a "footprint" in PCB is a "pattern" or a "stencil" in a couple of other tools.