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Re: Don't use the abbreviation "win" to refer to Windows.

From: Andy Moreton
Subject: Re: Don't use the abbreviation "win" to refer to Windows.
Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 20:27:57 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.92 (windows-nt)

On Mon 02 Jan 2012, Paul Eggert wrote:

> On 01/02/12 05:53, Andy Moreton wrote:
>> Using the term "win32" does not connote winning or losing
> No doubt it has that connotation only to some people, and not to
> others.  But we should be communicating to as many people as
> possible, including the people who see the connotation.

>> The term "woe32" is insulting rather than descriptive
> This seems to be inconsistent with the previous quote.
> If "win32" doesn't connote "win", why would "woe32" connote "woe"?

Because win32 is a widely accepted term, in use for many years, with a
widely understood meaning. As a locally invented term, readers wonder
how it was coined.

> I used "Woe32" because that seemed to be the second
> most commonly used Gnulib term for this notion: it's currently
> used 68 times in Gnulib.  "Woe32" is short for "Windows Operating
> Environment, 32-bit".

That seems to be a case of fitting a set of words around the already
chosen term, rather than an acronym or abbreviation.

> The phrase "Windows Operating Environment" itself is perfectly
> respectable, being used about 20,000 times on microsoft.com according
> to Google.

In that context the term refers to the Windows operating system and
related applications as a whole, not the Win32 API.

> Admittedly the Microsoft marketing department is not likely to
> approve of the acronym "WOE", but we're under no obligation
> to do Microsoft's marketing.

No, but silly naming does not impress anyone. Do you write HPSUX or
Slowaris ? No ? Thought not. If you wish free software to be taken
seriously, please afford others the same courtesy you expect to receive.


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