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Request Variable changed to Constant

The term Variable in CD is used about a bit of code or text that stays the same on several pages. This type of code/text is usually called a Constant in programming because it never or seldom change. The term Variable is reserved for items that are changed by the program during execution of the code. In my opinion the term Constant would convey the meaning and possibilities much better to the users.
If I really concentrate I can almost see why Fog Creek has chosen the term Variable, but never the less I think it is a bad choice and now is the time to change things. The built in variables are variables all right, but the variables that users put in are most likely to be constants ... {$.SiteName$}  for example, I don't think you will see very much Variation there during publishing.

Jorgen Brenting
Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Thanks for your comments!  We'll be sure to consider them for the next release.

Michael H. Pryor
Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Personally I think that a term like "placeholder" would be better, considering that both variable and constant mean little to non-programmers.

John Topley
Tuesday, May 6, 2003

John, you are right - Placeholder is a better term.

Jorgen Brenting
Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Shortcut or glossary or snippet is even better ....

Russ Lipton
Wednesday, May 7, 2003

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