changing the name of a sign in Puddle?

Steve Slevinski slevin at SIGNPUDDLE.NET
Tue Jul 12 18:51:27 UTC 2005

Hey Kim,

SignPuddle 1.0 uses underscores for variants and synonyms.  If there is 
already a sign for "Washington-DC", the next sign will be named 

You could not change the name from "Washington-city" to "Washington DC" 
because "Washington DC" already exists.  I should have used a better 
error message.

You have 2 options,
- Delete Washington-DC first before you rename Washington-city
- Change Washington-city to Washington-DC_2


If you don't mind, a quick discussion about terms...

*Variants *are different spellings for the same sign. 
*Synonyms *are signs that have the same (or nearly the same) meaning. 

I believe "Washington-city" and "Washington DC" are synonyms because 
they are different signs with the same meaning. 

"Washington-city" and "Washington DC" would only be variants if they 
described the same movement.

This will be an important distinction for SignPudde 2.0. 


Kimberley A. Shaw wrote:

>Hello Steve, or whoever can help:
>I've been trying to log on as "editor" (which I'm passworded for) and
>change "Washington-city" to "Washington DC" (I know there's already one
>there, but this one's a variant) ... and it won't let me change that
>particular name! Same thing happened with a couple of other signs which I
>had named badly. What can I do from here?
>I think I'll stand at a blackboard now & write 100 times that I will not
>go creating Puddle signs when tired ...
>Kim from Boston

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