[Kst] Bugzilla Versions

D. V. Wiebe dvw at ketiltrout.net
Fri Sep 10 00:46:59 CEST 2010

On Thu, Sep 09, 2010 at 01:39:18PM -0400, Barth Netterfield wrote:
> So far, we have:
>   kst:
I have no problem with "kst", but that may just be because I've become
used to it over the past N years.

>   proplot:
Nope.  I'm with you on the advertising in the name.  My first impression
of a name like is that it'll cost me 30 dollars and only run on Windows.

>   nett[er]plot
It is kind of clever, but if I didn't know German I'd assume it was a
subtle attempt to revive "Barthgraph".

>   cuteplot
Lame.  In a way, it's false advertising: there's nothing actually cute
about the program itself.  Spelling it "quteplot" or "qtplot" without
changing the pronunciation would be better.

>   xy, or kxy or qxy
The two-letter name is the best alternative to "kst" in the list.  
It's easy and intuitive to remember, even if the program were to have
non-cartesian plots.

I've never been a fan of tacking random k's or g's or q's or
what-have-yous onto program names to indicate which libraries
they're built upon.  The only people who really care about the
underlying framework are developers, distrubtors, and holy warriors.
(That said, you *could* claim that the initial 'x' indicates that
it's an X app, the significance of which is admittedly lost on
non-X platforms.)  Also:

>     ~ not sure how cool it sounds.
Two letter command names are totally retro-cool, Barth.

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