Re: [linux-audio-user] Opening up the discussion

From: Erik Steffl <steffl@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Mon Jul 25 2005 - 20:58:35 EEST

Randy Kramer wrote:
> On Monday 25 July 2005 05:04 am, wrote:
>>On Mon, 25 Jul, 2005 at 10:46AM +0200, Mario Lang spake thus:
>>>That is the point, I absolutely dont feel reading up on something
>>>is necessarily a bad thing. My hair stand up if I watch
>>>a typical no-clue windows user more or less randomly hitting
>>>buttons in the interface until "something" works.
>>>I do feel this
>>>"it has to work out of the box without me having to know anything about
>>>it" attitude is childish.
> I'd like to respectfully disagree, or at least put forth a different opinion.
> I believe that, eventually, the level of computer and domain knowledge (for
> various domains) and the simplicity of computer human interfaces should
> converge such that a typical person with "non-computer" knowledge of a
> specific domain, will be able to operate many computer programs without
> reading a manual. In fact, I'd even suggest that as a goal or a criteria to
> rate the human interface of programs. (Thus, in this case, a musician with
> general computer knowledge and non-computer musical knowledge (or knowledge
> of "tape recording").

   it's not possible, not in computers, not in other domains. How long
does it take to learn to walk? To talk? To play piano? Can you give me a
better editor than vi?

   newbie-friendliness is not the same as user-friendliness and if I use
something day to day I probably have different preferences than somebody
who just started to use it - and that's same for computers and anything

> Or, in a slightly different example, if a computer user understands how to use
> one (mainstream) word processor, he should be able to quickly understand and
> use at least the main features of other mainstream word processors (if there
> are more than one). (And further, a goal or criteria of a word processor
> human interface would include how many of the more subtle features of a
> different word processor a newbie user can pick up without the manual.)

   yeah, sit a newbie in front of vi:-) Yet there's a LOT of people who
wouldn't use other editor...

   repeat: user friendliness and newbie friendliness are not the same.

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