Use Case; was: KDE (vs GNOME)

Jarosław Staniek js at
Mon Nov 14 13:29:06 GMT 2005

Gianni Rossi said the following, On 2005-11-14 14:00:

> On 11/13/05, Jarosław Staniek <js at> wrote:
>>Cornelius Schumacher said the following, On 2005-11-14 00:52:
>>>On Monday 14 November 2005 00:26, Jaroslaw Staniek wrote:
>>>>-Since certain database backends may require latin1 identifiers, these
>>>>created implicity for level 1 (user do not know about this).
>>>Why would any user want to explitcitly give identifiers when they can be
>>>created implicitly?
>>See my answer to Robert Knight for more info.
>>>This doesn't sound like a good reason for user levels,
>>>but as a good reason to remove some complexity from the user interface.
>>To fully understand this need, you need to look how database
>>etc. are named in a real-world database (or data warehouse) applications:
>>e.g. you can encounter very descriptive names like "Annual report for
>>medicines" table name. One user may want to use this long the name in SQL
>>statements and scripts, other do not want this and want to just put his
>>abbreviation. He/she is the developer in this case.
>>In the same time simple users should not be even aware of above issue if
>>do not want. They most probable wouldn't want that unless they are using
>>or scripting.
>>We _cannot_ assume everyone is simple user nor advanced user. I mentioned
>>about data warehouses. I don't know about your impressions, but in this
>>case I
>>encountered cases when I already have predefined latin1 names in one
>>database (ofter only 8 or 12-character long) and just in my master
>>database I
>>wanted to add descriptive captions that I can then use in GUI and project
>>Another place power users may want to see real names and not captions by
>>default is project navigator ( on the left hand:
>> ) or table/query
>>column names.
> Just a question. How would an advanced user "communicate" with a normal
> user? For example, one user creates a table using captions, other uses
> names, or vice-versa? I'd think that to reduce confusion, BOTH names should
> be seen all the time, regardless of user status; though, the capton/name
> should be put to a side in smaller print or something. I'm thinking about
> the case where there are many tables/queries with simmilar name and an
> advanced user is talking to a normal user.

Good question. Problems with communicating between "real database developers" 
and newbies is not so depenent on our idea of user levels:

- Look that if caption is not available, Kexi falls back to latin1 name 
everywhere in the GUI (in particular, for table and column names)

- always displaying latin1 name to newbies does not mean they will choose 
reasonable short name that advanced user may prefer. Thus it can be better to 
stay with automatically generated names so advanced user at least will see 
what to expect from a project created by a newbie.

In short, by hidding the name I have chosen to be as similar to other popular 
tools (MS, Filemaker) as possible. The target audience comes from spreadsheet 
world, so it's a priority to hide technical storage-related stuff by default.

One thing we could added to the dialog
for the 'newbie level' is a "specify name" checkbox or "advanced >>" button. 
What about this?

regards / pozdrawiam,
  Jaroslaw Staniek / OpenOffice Polska
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