Re: Looking for words

Subject: Re: Looking for words
From: Earl Morton <WorkgWords -at- AOL -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 7 May 1997 01:01:00 -0400

In a message dated 97-05-06 15:56:54 EDT, Roy Jacobsen writes:

> I'm looking for alternatives to the words "parent" and "child" to describe
> entities in a outline-like conceptual structure. One alternative for
> "child" is "dependent," but I can't think of an easily aprehended analog
> for "parent."
> Is parent/child good enough, or are we overlooking some obvious
> alternatives?

I've used "heading" and "subheading" in a program that includes an outliner,
and that has worked for us. This means that every item in the outline can be
a "heading," and all but the top level items can be "subheadings," depending
on your perspective. In our situation, we don't have to discuss a subheading
and its "parent"; our perspective is always looking the other direction, from
a heading to its subheadings. These terms might not work as well otherwise.

Earl Morton
WorkgWords -at- aol -dot- com

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