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Course authoring tool is a media term. There may be other course authoring tools from the pre-PC age like hammer and chissel or pen and paper, but currently the term means exactly as stated. It is important not to keep ripping down media terms because people need to be able to understand these as they come across them in there readings. I have noticed that wiktionary is sort of slow about defining terms such as these that are mainstream in the PC world. Arupert88
If the definition is correct, that the term is used to refer to a tool for authoring e-learning courses but not to a tool for authoring other courses, then I see nothing wrong with it. Otherwise, delete.—msh210℠ 17:36, 4 June 2009 (UTC)
That gives me a bad feeling, because I think that any tool used to author courses would be called a "course authoring tool"; the fact that only this kind has existed (or been documented) so far seems immaterial. Does that make much sense? Equinox◑ 19:30, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
What you say makes sense, but usage is usage. Nobody seem to use the term in any other way. If WP had a decent article, I would say let's make it "only in Wikipedia". Its a largely vacuous, self-evident term, but it might be useful to someone. I can't imagine very many actually looking it up, except people writing marketing materials trying to check their word choice. What's the right context for this? DCDuringTALK 21:01, 8 June 2009 (UTC)
I realised that, according to what I said above, ink eraser should go too: anything else serving that purpose, if it existed, might well be called the same thing (or it might not). So I dunno. Abstain, with a slight pursing of the lips. Equinox◑ 21:05, 8 June 2009 (UTC)
Keep. I brought this here because I don't like the term and don't think it adds any value, but it would seem to reflect usage and meet the "fried egg" idiomaticity test as MSH210 suggests. I need to get more sleep to stop bringing these things here. DCDuringTALK 21:33, 8 June 2009 (UTC)
So it's been here twelve days and nobody says to delete it, including the nominator? Kept.—msh210℠ 18:14, 16 June 2009 (UTC)