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  • Nœud: a point on a path that you can drag. It is displayed as gray (when not selected) or blue (when selected) square on a path when you are in node tool. Shapes do not display nodes; they have handles. A node may also have one or two handles - these are the small circles connected to the node to adjust bezier tangents.
  • Point de contrôle:
    1. one of two points around a node, displayed (for selected nodes) as a circle connected with its node by a line (node handles);
    2. the arrows around the selected object in selector (scale handles, rotation handles);
    3. points on a shape that can be dragged by node tool to edit the shape, displayed as small white diamonds (shape handles);
    4. the things that you drag on canvas to set the placement, direction, and size of a gradient or pattern (gradient handles, pattern handles). (Internally this is called a Knot, but this is a deprecated term in user documentation.)
  • Chemin: an object that has editable nodes but does not have controls (when in node editor). An example is a line created by the freehand tool.
  • Contour: a visible outline of a shape or path. Not the same as path; a path may or may not have a stroke. If the stroke is present, it can be converted to path by Convert Stroke to Path command.
    • Forme du contour: the dependency of the stroke width on distance along the stroke. Currently only constant-width strokes are supported.
    • Motif du contour: the representation of a stroke as a sequence of arbitrary objects positioned along the path.
  • Dégradé: a gradient
  • Forme: an object that does not display nodes but may have controls. An example is a circle or star. A shape can be converted to path by Convert to Path command.
  • Objet: an independent editable thing on the canvas. May be a path, a shape, a text object, a group, etc.

User Interface

  • fenêtre Document: the window with a Canvas, Menu, Commands bar, etc. Note that the same instance of the program may have several document windows. Some dialog are referred to as "windows" therefore it is important to distinguish between them and the Document window.
    • Menu, bar at the top.
    • Barre des commandes, beneath the Menu, with buttons for commands like New, Open, ... Note that this one will likely be broken into many smaller toolbars, each covering one topic, so the user will be able to switch them on/off and rearrange. So this name is temporary.
    • Barre des options outils, beneath the Commands bar. Has the controls for the currently active tool. Note the capitalization. One should not refer to it as the "Tool bar," nor is it a "Tool" edition of the "controls" variety of "bar". It's proper name should be "Tool Controls" bar.
    • Boite à outils, along the left side
      • Outil sélection, or simply Sélecteur
      • Outil Noeud
      • Outil Zoom
      • Outil Rectangle
      • Outil Ellipse
      • Outil Etoile
      • Outil Spirale
      • Outil Crayon or Main levée: please, for consistency, do not refer to this as the Freehand tool, or Freehand (pencil) tool. However, you can (and probably should) use Pencil (freehand) tool when you refer to it for the first time.
      • Outil Stylo or Bézier or Courbe de Bézier: please, for consistency, do not refer to this as the Bezier tool, or Bezier (pen) Tool. However, you can (and probably should) use Pen (Bezier) tool when you refer to it for the first time.
      • Outil Plume or Calligraphie
      • Outil Texte
      • Outil Dégradé
      • Outil Pipette
    • Canevas: the main area optionally bordered with Règles and Ascenseurs
    • Barre d'état: along the bottom
    • Ascenseur: a scrollbar
    • Règle: a ruler

Deprecated Terms