Re: feature usage in my office

Subject: Re: feature usage in my office
From: Gerry Kirk (
Date: Tue May 08 2001 - 02:31:55 CDT

At 08/05/01 01:19 AM, Ron Ross wrote:

>I don't know if we want to force a styles-only interface. People should
>feel they can just pick up AW and go. But you're right in bringing it
>up. If AW could bridge the gap between a structure-based approach (it is
>based on XML after all) and "traditional" wp usage, that would be great.

By default, no, I wouldn't expect a styles-only approach. It would be a
useful option to have, though. Many users are reluctant to abandon the
comfortable Tab->Tab->text->Tab->Tab->Enter->Enter approach. I know it
would be useful in transitioning users where I work.

>I think the key is making structure and styles intuitive and easy.
>Possibly, AW could look to other types of editing software for examples
>- other than word processors, I mean. Tex and SGML/XML based editing (I
>haven't done much Tex at all -- I'm a big fan of the latter) obviously
>provide the ultimate kind of models.

That's certainly the ideal, but unless it's *really* easy to see them and
use them and recognize styles are the standard and not just a side option,
I think adoption rate will be low.


BTW, I'm not really a benevolent dictator, but it's fun to imagine
sometimes. :)

Information System Specialist,
Mennonite Central Committee

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