Re: The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 / Sean McGrath <sean.mcgrath@p...> was heard to say: | One of the fascinating things about the XML world is that XML | programmers work with highly structured text - computer programs. | I think it is interesting that they predominantly use text editors | (emacs, vi etc.) in their work. I.e. *non structured* editing tools. | The same people, by and large, think that authors/editors *should* use | structured editing tools. An interesting juxtaposition of goose and | gander. I think it's an information density issue. Or a density issue, anyway. My relationship to markup is personal: I need to see all the information it conveys and I'm entirely comfortable decoding the markup in my head. (Maybe this is like decoding the Matrix in your head, I dunno :-) So, in a previous life, I worked for a company that made a superb structured editing tool. I only ever used it in fully "tags on" mode, so I saw all the structure[*]. A structured editing tool is *great* for XML, but most of the structured editors I've seen think they're doing you some sort of favor by hiding the markup. To me, that's like hiding the punctuation. Sure, lines of text and spaces unbroken by all those pesky periods and commas would be simpler by some metric of simplicity, but they wouldn't be easier (for me) to understand. Most users coming to structured editing for the first time find all the markup, if not frightening, then at least distracting. So recommending that they use a structured editing tool that hides complexity makes sense. I don't really see it as a goose/gander issue as long as the tool you're recommending has the power to grow with them. To keep this on topic, I'll point out that I've never touched PowerPoint or Impress or any of those other tools with a ten foot pole, but I still, in retrospect, create bad slideware. Lots of bullets. I'll have to think about that. Be seeing you, norm [*] As a funny side-effect of this behavior, I would sometimes find myself in front of customers asked by the marketing or sales person close at hand to "turn off all the tags". Sometimes I could remember how to do that, but I could hardly use the editor in that mode. It seems funny now, but it was stressful then. I think sales eventually figured out that they needed to be selective about which clients I gave demos to :-) - -- Norman Walsh <ndw@n...> | No man is exempt from saying silly http://nwalsh.com/ | things; the mischief is to say them | deliberately.--Michel de Montaigne -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.2.3 (GNU/Linux) Comment: Processed by Mailcrypt 3.5.8 <http://mailcrypt.sourceforge.net/> iD8DBQE/4NFDOyltUcwYWjsRAouMAJ4xA1HdZ6KhjE42v6DIZIVTXemXTgCfYtDE XGiG1DbWt6QITxk5+W/uzqk= =5gvN -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
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