Imagine an editor with multi-language support. You’re able to open multiple documents at once, and the language of each document can of course be different to the languages of other documents.
First of all, the editor itself has general settings which affect all documents, independent of language. For example, font settings or whether a status bar is shown or hidden. These I call “general settings”.
Secondly, there are language-specific settings, such as indention or special features peculiar to each language. I call these “language settings”.
Last but not least, there’s a third type of settings. At first glance, these appear to be applied across the whole editor again — that is, to all documents — but they really aren’t. They just determine the default look-and-feel for brand new or for newly loaded documents. The settings themselves can be changed individually for every document at any time.
As an example, consider a split-view layout.1 If you regularly use this layout, you activate it by default, but in some circumstances you want to be able to deactivate this feature for the current document only.
For the last type of settings, I’m looking for a concise word as header in the settings dialogue. On the one hand, these settings are common or ordinary, but this is too similar to the general settings, and the slight difference might not be obvious.
On the other hand, these settings are default settings, but I’m not satisfied with default. For one, the other types of settings are to some extent also default settings, and for another (in my humble opinion), that designation is more appropriate to values of controls such as combo-boxes, for example. But not to settings.
Finally, the last type could be named document settings or editor settings. But again, how these particular settings differ from general settings isn’t obvious in their respective names.
So, I need a word (or phrase) which fits here.
- A split view is often used when using a declarative language, like XAML. You can change the code in one part of the view, while the other displays the actual look.