[OLPC Brasil] Why call tools "activities"?
bert at freudenbergs.de
Thu Apr 5 19:09:21 EDT 2007
On Apr 6, 2007, at 0:37 , Don Hopkins wrote:
> Albert Cahalan wrote:
>> The standard words in English are "app" and "program". Pick one.
>> Either will be far less confusing than "activity".
> I think the whole point of using the word "activity" instead of
> "application" or "program" was to purposefully AVOID the
> unfortunate connotations of the well understood words for desktop
> applications and programs. One of the goals of Sugar is for
> monolithic "applications" to be broken down into reusable
> components, and integrated into task oriented "activities" (like
> eToys or HyperCard stacks), instead of requiring the user to switch
> between monolithic single-purpose applications, like editing an
> image in Photoshop, formatting text in Word, and composing images
> and text them into a web page in Front Page. Of course there is a
> text editor "activity" and a book reader "activity", but ideally
> those are reusable Python components that can be integrated
> together into other activities (eventually by the casual user, like
> eToys and HyperCard), instead of locking them up into separate
Well spoken, Don. Fully agree. "Activity" is far less demarcating
than "application" or "program". Ideally, "activities" would just be
different pre-arranged "views" into one and the same system that is
made of freely interchangeable components.
- Bert -
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