[MEI-L] Do we have to call it "MEI Go!"?

Craig Sapp craigsapp at gmail.com
Mon Mar 20 21:55:38 CET 2017

> MEI Lite leaves more uncertainty on what has been removed to make it
lighter and why.

MEI Lite is immediately clear as to its intention: a watered-down version
of MEI, with the implication that it is less complicated than MEI due to
fewer features being available.  (maybe "MEI schorle" from German :-)

> to get going with MEI right away, to quickly get started.

What is the purpose of MEI Go!?   For implementing lite versions of
software that process MEI data?  For educational uses? I would not see a
point to that one (just don't tell the students about the complicated
bits).  The main advantage would be probably for long-term archival
purposes: core components that should not change as much and be more stable
over time and thus make it easier to maintain the data over long-term.

For the last listed purpose, "lite" is not so great to use. "Core MEI",
"MEI Core", "MEI Core!", "MEI Core Customization (MEI CC/MCC)" or similar
would be a good name for the archival purpose (focusing on stability rather
than simplicity), with "MEI lite" being more suitable for the gimpy
software purpose.  Using a peppy and effervescent name such as "MEI Go!" is
also not so great for the archival connotation, which would need a name
more like "MEI Poupon"

Definition of lite: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/lite

1. noting a commercial product that is low in calories or low in any
substance considered undesirable, as compared with a product of the same
type: used especially in labeling or advertising commercial products:
lite beer.
2. noting a version that is comparatively less extreme, profound, advanced,
etc., than the typical version (often used postpositively): The film
glossed over the dangers of the experiment with a science-lite explanation.
The lite version of the app is available for mobile download.

Since you cannot consume MEI data (unless you are a computer), the obvious
intention would be definition #2 (so "lite" does not have the same direct
connotation to me of being commercial in this situation, I might just
imagine that it has a more bland taste than regular MEI.

> [MEI Lite] reminds me of soda and processed food

This is true, since "lite" originates as a marketing term in the US meaning
reduced-calorie, but MEI Go! equally reminds me of Gogurt:
which is highly processed American yogurt...

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