Bug#452388: "Standard system" is confusing - Debian

This is a discussion on Bug#452388: "Standard system" is confusing - Debian ; On Mon, Nov 26, 2007 at 04:58:33PM +0000, Christian Perrier wrote: > Quoting Steve Langasek (vorlon@debian.org): > > > -leading article, which goes against most of the recommendations for > > > synopsis (for instance, in package descritpions) > > ...

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  1. Bug#452388: "Standard system" is confusing

    On Mon, Nov 26, 2007 at 04:58:33PM +0000, Christian Perrier wrote:
    > Quoting Steve Langasek (vorlon@debian.org):


    > > > -leading article, which goes against most of the recommendations for
    > > > synopsis (for instance, in package descritpions)


    > > Where are these recommendations and where can I file a bug on them?


    > DevRef 6.2.2


    > The point is avoiding to have a huge list at "A(n)" and "The" when
    > sorting packages by their short description in a list


    Yes, but it's ingrammaticalous. Why would you ever sort packages by their
    short description, anyway?

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  2. Bug#452388: "Standard system" is confusing

    Quoting Steve Langasek (vorlon@debian.org):

    > > DevRef 6.2.2

    >
    > > The point is avoiding to have a huge list at "A(n)" and "The" when
    > > sorting packages by their short description in a list

    >
    > Yes, but it's ingrammaticalous. Why would you ever sort packages by their
    > short description, anyway?



    Please note that the "the point is" above is my interpretation of the
    rationale. I actually didn't write that part of the devref
    anyway..:-)..I happen to just find it makes sense to not have a huge
    pile of descriptions that all start the same way.

    DevRef suggest that synopsis should be read mentally by prepending
    them with "The package is..." of "The package
    provides...".

    Omitting articles is also a way to (slightly) shorten down these
    descriptions.

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