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On 5/5/13 5:45 AM, Virgil Arrington wrote:
A program is intuitive if it matches something in our previous experience.
Before computers, business professionals used typewriters. If you want a
computer to be intuitive, you need to make it work as much like a typewriter
as possible. (I'm still amazed that, after 30+ years, the typewriter remains
the model of the word processing user interface, even for those who have
never touched a typewriter.)

But, by making it intuitive, you lose the power of the computer. To gain the
power of the computer, old dogs need to learn new tricks, like paragraph
styles, which isn't intuitive.

I'm not so sure that by making it intuitive, you lose the power of the computer. And I will stipulate that what is intuitive to one user is not to another. My Mac drove me up the wall sometimes, in this area. Windows? Not a problem. But I've got a friend that is the exact opposite. OS X not a problem for her, but never did understand Windows.

What needs to be stressed/taught, is "try something". Be inquisitive about the computer. "What happens if I do X?"

I often try to mix features between Win and OS X, so it does what I wish and makes sense to me. Right now, I'm trying to get OS X's sidebar view in Finder to be similar to the Win Explorer's Navigation Pane. So far, with no success. :-( So, if anyone knows of a way... LOL


Mac OS X 10.8.3
Firefox 20.0
Thunderbird 17.0.5

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