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n a deliberate plan for the creation or development of an object. vt: to create something according to plan.
good design: /'gud —/ the product of deliberate forethought and careful understanding of the purpose of a subject, resulting in a subject which significantly improves its utility, allowing it to integrate seamlessly and naturally into the role for which it is intended.
false synonyms: fashion, decor.
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Fri May 19, 2006 Link to this message
"In French, oeuf means egg, cheese is fromage... it's like those French have a different word for everything!"
"In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language."
One of the things software developers (and designers, too) need to be particularly aware of is the fact that there are many languages out there. "It ain't all English." Moreover, it ain't all like English, either. All too often, the only thing folks in the industry are familiar with is "White Man's ASCII."
In order to develop software that is truly international, it needs to be designed with that intent up front. As with most things, it's often much harder to retrofit those considerations after the fact.
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