[wp-hackers] Idea: Rename the Excerpt to something accurate

Daniel Torreblanca regulatethis at gmail.com
Fri Feb 27 05:12:23 GMT 2009

You may want to explain why you think its name as a misnomer - I don't
really see a problem there. It's definitely not a "synopsis" or
"description" of the post.

On Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 11:49 PM, Demetris <kikizas at gmail.com> wrote:
> I recently wrote an article about excerpts:
> The hand-written Excerpt in WordPress: What, why, how, tips and plugins
> http://op111.net/67
> The reason I chose this subject was my suspicion that more people
> would use the excerpt if more people knew what it did.
> The first reactions to the article seem to confirm that, which, I
> imagine, would be no surprise to anyone who knows what the excerpt
> does and how easy it is to use.
> I think the main reasons why the excerpt is neglected are three:
> 1.  The themes in the default distribution don’t make good use of it.
> 2.  Its box was located under Advanced for a long time.
> 3.  Its name is a misnomer.
> Since WP 2.7, no. 2 is not an issue anymore.
> But no. 3 remains.
> So, I propose this idea for discussion:
> To rename the Excerpt to something accurate, a name like: Description,
>  Summary, Synopsis, Brief, etc.
> I’m talking about full-range renaming, down to function names.
> What do you think?
> Thanks for reading,
> -dk
> PS.  If people here agree that this idea is worthy of discussion, I
> can open a Trac ticket.
> PS2.  Interesting detail:  The “manual Excerpt” was among the
> highlighted features in the announcement of the first public release
> of WordPress, in May 2003.
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