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[notepad-plus - Plugin Development] Help me name my plugin
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By: fidvo

I've come up with a useful (at least in my opinion) plugin, specifically designed
to quickly insert special characters into the document. It's like the Windows
Character map, but with filters.

To explain this plugin, let me give you an example of how it works.

You select a capital A in Notepad++. You then select the option from the menu
(not sure yet what to call it). A window appears with a capital A in a field
at the top, and a bunch of buttons below it with captions such as
"Á","Ã","Á", and "A". You press one of these buttons, and the
highlighted A in Notepad++ is replaced by the caption of the button.

It doesn't necessarily have to be a single character that you highlight. For
example, you might highlight "Á" in the text, and it would bring up the
same options.

It works by grouping short pieces of text for the purpose of filtering. All
of the above options, for instance, are variations of a capital A, and therefore
highlighting any of them tells it that you want to look up all the other variations.
If you highlight a capital E or variation of it, you would get a different set
of options.

You can also type your text directly into the field at the top of the window
and it would update the button captions in real time.

You don't have to have any text highlighted to use it; it will insert the text
at the cursor position instead.

The groups are configured in an .ini file, so you can add to or modify it to
suit your own needs.

The coding is 99% finished, and I plan to release it next week some time. My
#1 issue is: What should I call the darn thing? Any ideas?


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By: dv__

SpecialCharacters?
CharacterMap?
CharExpand?

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By: nobody

CharacterExtension ?
CharacterWizard ?


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By: captainp

CharMap++

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By: donho

CharFX ?

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2008-02-16 16:46:27 UTC
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By: m-a-r-k

Sounds a little like Sprankle, which has an awkward interface.

Whatever you call it, I look forward to it :-)

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2008-02-16 18:29:20 UTC
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By: fidvo

All of these are good ideas, assuming it's used like the Windows character map.
And while that's the intended purpose, it can potentially be used in other ways
as well. Since it's configurable, you could set up any number of groups.

Here's an example:

You're working on your novel, and you're currently writing a scene of dialog.
You highlight the word "said" and it gives you options such as "declared", "replied",
"shouted", and "asked".

Really it's just a way to quickly replace one piece of text with another.

Any ideas for names that take into consideration its potential other uses?


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2008-02-16 19:22:59 UTC
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By: nobody

Synonym Plug-In?
Similar (To) Plug-In?
S(i)mile Plug-In...


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2008-02-16 20:29:50 UTC
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By: nobody

Wow ... good idea.
I'm waiting for it.

I use texter.
Texter does a good job as well.


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2008-02-17 01:48:52 UTC
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By: nobody

Symbols++ ?

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2008-02-17 08:49:15 UTC
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StringMaster ?
StringGrabber ?

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2008-02-17 15:22:24 UTC
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By: fidvo

I'm leaning toward "Text Substitution" or something like that. It's a little
long, but it's the most descriptive of what it does.

I could shorten it with a variation like "Text Sub", "Text Substitute", or just
plain "Substitution".

Are there any of these that people like (or hate) in particular?


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2008-02-17 18:31:57 UTC
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By: nobody

Oh man, who wants to use a "substitute"? It sounds negative in any way! Another
suggestion, call it "SubTexter", that's a tough name, if you like it more. Everything
else, sounds ugly.

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2008-02-17 18:46:04 UTC
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By: nobody

Alternative...
Alternator
Alt+ernator...



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NppTextitude?

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By: nobody

ascii
ascii-map


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2008-02-19 20:04:27 UTC
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By: fidvo

A lot of these suggestions are pretty good, but they're either too specific
(they assume the plugin is going to be used for single characters), or they're
not descriptive of what the plugin does.

I know in one sense the name isn't a big deal, but because it's pretty much
the only thing that I can't change once I upload it, I want to make sure I get
it right the first time.

I think I'm just going to go with "Substitution" as the name of the plugin.
Any objections?


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2008-02-19 20:49:26 UTC
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By: nobody

Various...
Variation...


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2008-02-19 20:52:50 UTC
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Like...
Is Like...

The Plug-In is not meant to always substitute, as far as I understand, but to
offer lists of variations for a single character or whatever combinations of
characters (words), either by meaning or appearance (smilies, for anyone's sake)
and the like.

So I would very much like not to use the word Substitution, but I can't yet
look for an alternative in some list...


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2008-02-19 21:12:13 UTC
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By: nobody

Substitution doesn't sound very nice to me. The name doesn't even spark a light
for me as to what it does. I find the already suggested "CharMap" to be quite
descriptive and catchy.

My own suggestion would be:
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
"CHARt", while not beeing as descriptive but rather a sneaky abbreviation of
"Character chart" or "Character table".
Another one would be "CHARli", short for "Character List".
Or how about "CHARm" (Character Map). :)
And then there is "ChImp" (Character import). :D

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2008-02-19 21:22:16 UTC
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By: nobody

Text Switcher...
(Text) Transformer...
Word Chart...

Not completely true, but nice, anything like:
Glossary
Dictionary
Lexicon


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By: nobody

Multiple Chars, in its simplicity true for both intended uses, as opposed to
Multiple Choice.


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By: donho

Not bad at all for CHARm !

charM is a good choice also IMO.


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2008-02-19 23:21:23 UTC
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By: fidvo

CHARm (or possibly CharM): That's kind of catchy (or, dare I say it? CHARming!
Okay, I know. Bad pun). Not only does it stand for Character Map, but with
a little stretch of the imagination you can think of it as putting a charm on
the selected text, magically transforming it into something else. Okay, so
it takes a BIG stretch of the imagination.

Unfortunately, it suffers from the same problem as some of the other names.
It stands for Character Map, but the transformations aren't necessarily limited
to single characters.

CHARli: Not quite as catchy as CHARm.

CHARt: A little misleading, because it has nothing to do with charts, and would
preclude anyone using the name in the future if they design a plugin that does
have something to do with charts.

ChImp: Good for a laugh, but it's not really importing characters, but transforming
or inserting them.

I'm not entirely satisfied with Substitution either, but it does at least have
the advantage of not implying that only single characters can be transformed.

I'll think about it for one more day. I still might go with CharM, because
the original purpose of the plugin is, after all, to be used like the Windows
Character Map. Whatever I decide to call it, I should be ready to upload it
tomorrow night.


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That's funny, it says something like Transformers above, but you don't reply
to any of those suggestions...


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By: fidvo

Any objections to me calling the plugin "CharM"? I figure it I keep this one
nice and basic and mainly use it for substituting single characters or character
codes, the name is pretty good. It is, after all, intended to be a type of
character map.

Thanks, deus-ex, for the suggestion.


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By: m-a-r-k

Just give it a name and let's have it! :-)))

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By: fidvo

Patience. Or should I say, impatience, since I just finished uploading it.
And yes, it's called CharM (pronounced "Charm").

I'll start a new thread with a link, but in the mean time, you can find it on
the Notepad++ plugins project page.


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Quite a charming plugin. ;)
Thank you, fidvo.

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