I’m sure smart people have worked on the xdg spec, but the naming of the xdg dirs illustrates one of my pet peeves – choosing directory names that aren’t well-thought-out.
Among others, I have Music, Videos, and Pictures.
Pictures is not the worst. I guess it’s a little quaint to not be talking about Images instead on a computer, but at least “picture” covers more or less the full range of items it wants to capture.
Videos is not too bad either. The pluralisation makes me puke, but I guess that’s a personal dislike.
But against these two, Music is just plain terrible. I’m pretty sure my Bill Hicks albums are in no way Music. Neither are my radio podcasts. Or the audio books that I luckily don’t have. Never mind that it’s a non-plural word and thus inconsistent with the others.
Elisa is now using the xdg dirs, it seems. It is neither better nor worse than what it had before. I think before it was labeling audio as Music as well, and video as Movies (forgetting the fact that there are also tv series, video clips, camera clips, …)
I’ve always done audio/video/image, which seems to me the most straightforward and concise. Some people argue that (while video is fine) audio is too technical. I guess I’m not a usability expert – I would expect any human being that understands the word video to understand the word audio as well, especially when presented in the exact same context.
I guess this is one spec that is going to keep me a grumpy old man for the rest of my Linux days :)