Summary: I am using
nominal in the sense of a place holder. Is that correct usage?
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I am a programmer and in my quest to write more readable programs, I am always on the lookout for improving the human side of programming, by making the programs easier to understand for the next person who has to work on them.
With that in mind, here is what I need help with.
We might refer to a specific page on a website "nominally/placeholder" as
www.example.com/my/first/page, while on the hard-disk this page could reside anywhere (say,
/server/www/example/my-first-page) which I call the absolute-path. The file on the disk could move anywhere, yet the "placeholder" will remain constant. As a person visiting the site, you don't need to worry about the absolute path, but as a programmer you need to be aware of both, hence my question.
The usage of absolute path is well accepted in the programming community, however I wanted to request help with a better word for the placeholder side. Thanks all in anticipation!