Cable cast on?

I’ve always done my casting on in what I thought was the only way, but I’ve come across a pattern which is asking me to cast on using the cable method.
Is this different or just another name for the same thing?
Also is it essential that I use this method or can I still just use my usual way?
the pattern is just a pair of fingerless mittens.

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=royalblue]Well, since you didn’t describe what way you DO cast on, I’m assuming that it’s the long tail method. If so, yes, cable cast-on is different. You use two needles. I’m sure you can find instruction for the method if you google ‘cable cast-on’.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=royalblue]I imagine that the reason they suggested it is that they want the cuff to be plenty stretchy. The same is true for the cuff of socks, so what I usually do is the ‘normal’ cast-on (long-tail), but I cast onto a needle 2 to 3 sizes up from the needle with which I am going to knit the cuff. You then transfer those stitches to the needles that you are going to use for knitting the cuff. (Be careful, they’re going to want to slide off of your needles until you knit them once. )This method usually gives me enough extra stretch.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=royalblue]I hate cable cast-on, but I know that there are lots of alternatives out there. You could also google ‘stretchy cast-on’.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

I find cable cast on to be too tight; I use the thumb version of longtail cast on. When you use needles a bit larger, it’s very stretchy for ribbing.