So what does Trash mean? After looking it up in the dictionary, I find it means the same thing as rubbish (or garbage)!
Ahh, I see. Items will not actually be deleted in future, they’ll be sent to the ‘Trash can’. The WordPress team don’t want to use the term Delete, as it implies that the item will be deleted and can’t be recovered. This may cause confusion amongst users.
The WordPress team’s thinking is commendable and I’m glad that over the last year or so they’ve put a lot of effort into usability. I actually think Jane Wells’ appointment is the best thing to happen to WordPress in a long time.
The only problem is that in this case, they are replacing a term that is used universally in the English speaking world, with a term that is North American centric: Trash is not commonly used in Australia or the UK.
This may cause confusion in it’s own right. It probably won’t, because we’ve all seen American movies and know what it means – I didn’t really need to look up trash in the dictionary!
Actually I’m not upset about it. I just felt like making a point.
That’s probably because at one time in the past, I was the International Product manager for a library software company and had to ensure it was localised properly for Australia, UK and the US. It was little things like this that we needed to be careful about – we didn’t want to alienate our customers.
Of course they were paying customers, which means you have to cater for them a little more than for users of open source software, who are getting a great product for free. But it would be better to find a term that is used by everyone.
For my part, I’d be happy with keeping the term Delete. I’ve been using Windows for 15 years or so and I’m quite comfortable with the action of Delete actually sending things to the Recycle Bin. But I’m sure I’ll adjust if I have to take out the Trash in future.
Last updated on July 20th, 2011