On 11/17/2012 11:24 AM, webmaster-Kracked_P_P wrote:
I still think that a "cheat sheet" guide needs to be much more than
just a list of keyboard shortcuts. Having graphics showing the
different menu options and where the different "functions" needed by
the users are - is a good and needed part of such a guide/sheet.
I rarely use keyboard shortcuts [except copy/paste] since I stopped
using a DOS-based word processor. For many users, knowing such
shortcuts can be very useful, but for those like me the are not used
much or rarely.
I think this highlights the challenge in trying to provide a comparison
chart of two systems like LibO and MS Office. Not only do they do things
differently, they "think" differently.
Consider the simple tasks of numbering each page at the bottom of the
page. Believe it or not, I had lawyers working for me who could never
figure out how to do it.
In LibO, one sets up a footer and then inserts the "Page Number" field
into the footer. By doing it this way, the LibO user learns to
understand the concepts of footers and fields. She can then insert any
field into the footer. Not exactly rocket science.
MS-Word, however, tries to insulate the user from having to learn about
footers and fields. Instead it creates a shortcut by including an
"Insert/Page Number" command that completely bypasses the need to create
a footer or use a field. The user never understands footers and fields
because MS doesn't want its users to think. Of course, the more skilled
user can learn about footers and fields, but MS assumes that most users
don't want to.
I don't know how one translates the different program approaches by
simply providing a list of comparable commands.
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