[Etoys] Question about update 1964functionNames

karl karl.ramberg at comhem.se
Sun Apr 13 06:02:55 EDT 2008

Scott Wallace wrote:
> On Apr 12, 2008, at 6:16 AM, karl wrote:
>> When I select the Parentheses in the menu the tile becomes empty. Am I
>> missing something ?
> Hi, Karl,
> The only thing that changed was the wording of a menu item:  the menu  
> item that formerly said "grouped" now says "parentheses".   The  
> functionality is otherwise unchanged:  you can either specify a  
> function (e.g. cos or abs) to apply to whatever appears within the  
> parentheses, or you can simply use the parentheses as a grouping  
> mechanism.
> As before, if you want to switch from plain parentheses to a "real"  
> function, click on the tile to the left of the left-parenthesis to get  
> the function-choice pop-up, or cycle among the choices using the green  
> arrows.
> Does anyone perhaps have a suggestion for better wording for the item  
> in question?  Perhaps "parentheses only".  Or "just parentheses"?  Or  
> "no function"?  Or "identity function"?  As you can see, every idea  
> here seems to have its downside!
Maybe "no function" is the best. I got confused when the "parentheses" 
removed the function and did not put in an extra parentheses (whatever 
that would be good for :-) )


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