Control? Object?

Richmond richmondmathewson at
Sun Jun 19 06:42:27 EDT 2016

If 'Object' is a reserved word, then why is the Dictionary "we all know 
and love" full of 'objects':

selObjs  ?

Looking up 'focusedObject' one can read:

"Returns the currently focused control"

So there is no question of 'reserved words'; there is a simple case of a 
state of
BAD confusion that needs to be sorted out, 2 words being used for one 
thing, or, rather
one set of things:


1. Dump the word 'object' and only use 'control', or

2. Dump the word 'control' and only use 'object'.

Personally I prefer #2.

This is an "issue" [ a.k.a. 'fudge' ] that has been left unfixed for 
far, far too long.

Presumably (?) this is something that can be sorted out pretty quickly 
using search-and-replace.


On 19.06.2016 11:03, David Bovill wrote:
> I have the same issue :)
> I started a long time ago to name handlers with the concept of "object"
> rather than "control" - it was more intuitive. The word "object" has
> associations for the new user which makes it easier to grasp the related
> concepts of "property" and so forth. Livecode is rooted in the
> object-oriented paradigm of small-talk, and HyperCard - and many of the
> concepts such a "stack", "card" and "field" etc are layered on top of this
> metaphor. The problem is that they are not pure objects in a technical
> sense, and the term is sort of reserved for a possible future expansion of
> the vocabulary. I am not sure if this will ever happen, and in the mean
> time we are left with a clear metaphor, and a confusing reality. I've
> decided to live with it :)
> So when I refer to a "field" in a variable I use "fieldObject" rather than
> "fieldControl", or with a virtual property I use "put the field_Object of
> this card..." rather than "field_Control". This is partly because i don;t
> want to confuse (myself) and other readers with a terminology that sound
> too much like Model View Controller architecture - or the idea that you are
> "doing something" ie "controlling" the concept in question.
> So my answer is that while creating an abstraction in how I code, I name
> things using the best metaphor I can find, so often I will think in terms
> of concrete objects, with properties that may or may not be implemented
> with a "control", a "group", or more recently a "widget". The most abstract
> concept is "object" which can refer to any of those - but I try to avoid it
> where possible and use a more explicit name of the term "view" - so
> "textView" or "the index_View of this card".
> On 19 June 2016 at 08:19, Richmond <richmondmathewson at> wrote:
>> I am currently teaching some children Livecode programming and ran into
>> some difficulty
>> on Friday when a child asked me why the menus were full of the word
>> "Control"
>> when I had been talking about "Objects".
>> Well?
>> How about changing every use of the word "Control" to "Object"?
>> Enhancement Request 17879
>> Richmond.
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