straw-man 3.2 default preferences
jwelton at pacific.mps.ohio-state.edu
Sat Apr 20 13:27:04 UTC 2002
Gary Fisher wrote:
> New users, especially those working independently, may well find it very
> frustrating to have to sleuth out even such basic functions as system
> preferences. A balance must be struck between serendipity and simplicity;
> Maarten's recent proposal re tutorial active essays may be the most
> promising answer.
Yes, I think this is a fine idea. It's clearly the best response to
concerns that the preferences must be just right, because it could be
ages before new users finally stumble upon the preferences. I wrote a
short active essay introducing the preferences a touch over a year
ago, with just this in mind. It never made it into the image <sigh>,
but it's still on BSS (look for PreferencesIntroduction.003.pr). Will
it still load? Will it still work? Is it sufficiently up-to-date?
Is it sufficiently well-written? The answers to these questions and
more are left as an exercise for the reader.
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