[development] Early Drupal 6 review from Chris Messina
drupal at salvisberg.com
Sun Nov 11 22:30:03 UTC 2007
Karen Stevenson wrote:
> I think one simple change would make a world of difference without 'dumbing' anything down. As was mentioned before, the most confusing thing is the word 'vocabulary' since it's not obvious, even if you know figure out that taxonomy is way of categorizing things, what exactly a vocabulary is. So just change vocabulary to either 'category type' or 'category group', then we have a much more clear breakdown of:
> taxonomy -> categories
> vocabulary -> category type (or category group)
> term -> category (or term)
term == category
Yes, that's the main thing! When taxonomy is referred to as "categories"
(plural), it's not clear what exactly a single "category" is. I don't
think this is stated anywhere. If we can call "terms" (in developer
space) "categories" (in newbie user space), we'll have made a
significant step forward.
"Vocabularies" are categories of "categories" or meta-categories. They
are categories -- not categories of nodes, but categories of categories.
Chris Messina is not wrong when he calls them categories, too, but this
doesn't help to understand how it works. Meta-categories are clearly
beyond what the average user wants to deal with when he installs Drupal
for the first time.
Taxonomy is the entire mechanism. Renaming it to "categories" doesn't
help, because it creates a simplified expectation. I propose to rename
taxonomy -> classification
because this is exactly what we're doing: we're classifying the content,
not more and not less. I believe that "classification" is something that
the user can understand, and it's abstract enough to keep him from
jumping to conclusions.
I like David Strauss' idea of providing a free-tagging vocabulary named
"Tags" that's enabled by default. Put this on the first tab under
Administer|Classification. Add an "Advanced" tab with explanations and a
button to remove the Tags vocabulary (and these two "beginner" tabs) and
enable the full taxonomy system. Two clicks shouldn't place an undue
burden on those who want to go straight to the full taxonomy system.
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