[PATCH] Konqueror about

Lauri Watts lauri at kde.org
Thu Jul 7 00:17:57 BST 2005

On Thursday 07 July 2005 00.43, Guillaume Laurent wrote:
> On Wednesday 06 July 2005 22:04, James Richard Tyrer wrote:
> > Is it really.  If you don't store your documents in $HOME, then the
> > actual $HOME directory is a place that you don't go very often.  I have
> > been using this setup for some time so I know more about it.

Heh.  Self supporting arguments much? If you *do* store your documents in 
$HOME, then it is in fact, a place you go very often.  

And many people do, and not just because they don't know better, but by 

I've watched people who do have a pre-configured Documents directory (in this 
case, it points at a network share, and we actually want people to save 
things into it), make very conscious decisions to *not* put some things into 
it.  Temporary files, working copies, notes, files they got from someone else 
and don't feel like they are "my" documents, and many other things.  Of 
course they could put them in Documents too, but they don't, and most 
importantly, don't want to.

And let's not even get into the people who like to use $HOME as their desktop 
(or the many people who fought quite hard to get that made default).  Most of 
these arguments were probably made there in any case (and while the Desktop 
metaphor and the Documents folder are different things.  If you want to work 
that way, it's very simple to do.  If you don't, you shouldn't be forced to.

> You might want to try a little longer then. OS/X makes the same distinction
> between $HOME and a "Document" folder (and a few others like "Songs",
> "Pictures", etc...), and this has yet to confuse any of the
> computer-illeterate people I've seen being confronted to it.

Or illiterate.  My 6 year old understands it.  Aaron posted years ago that his 
wee boy figured out the home icon without being told.  If that isn't 
intuitive, I don't know what is.

> Equalling "Documents" to $HOME simply doesn't make any sense, on any
> platform (even Windows, although the distinction is less needed since
> subfolders for other types are under 'My Documents'), and most people seem
> to understand that without trouble, as far as I can tell.

Right.  So add a Documents if you must (and preferably, only if one is 
actually set) and let people choose how they will work.

Lauri Watts
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