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

Richard Freedman rfreedma at haverford.edu
Mon Mar 20 23:51:09 CET 2017

Or, from a more musical perspective, how about MEI Presto (vs MEI Tutti)?

On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 4:55 PM, Craig Sapp <craigsapp at gmail.com> wrote:

> > 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 :-)
>      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schorle
> > 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"
>      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwOCOm9Z0YE
> 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:
>     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go-Gurt
> which is highly processed American yogurt...
> -=+Craig
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Richard Freedman
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John C. Whitehead '43 Professor of Humanities
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