My Nikon vs. Canon example was just a shot in the dark, but it seems that is the big distinction. I found this post, http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/archive/index.php/t-247621.html
on another forum that seems to explain it well.
Nikon and Pentax focus infinity<--->close and nearly every one else the other way. I guess as far as giving them a name, the proper terms are; The Nikon Way and The Other Way.