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Re: Fwd: [Contributors] Microsoft Windows Is Offically Broken



On Thu, Sep 29, 2005 at 10:57:03PM +0930, Tim wrote:
> On Wed, 2005-09-28 at 14:39 -0500, Michael Hennebry wrote:
> > Also a GUI tends to be a moving target, thereby making
> > what documentation there is out of date.
> 
> A good GUI shouldn't need documentation, though; it should explain
> itself intuitively, and provide some hints for the more difficult bits.
I have an ex-student who made a claim like this recently. His company
produces a product that needs no documentation. It is "intuitively
obvious" he says.
Balderdash. I am still waiting for the program that needs no
documentation. I think I will die first. Linux Journal put me on to
search tools recently. I am frustrated that kfind for example has no man
page, and I would  still like to know how you search jpegs using it. That
is certainly not obvious to me and that annoys me.
> 
> A GUI does make it easier to set either/or options (won't let you do
> both), and provide other multiple choice options.  But some are just
> woeful, take Evolution's "automatically synchronise remote mail locally"
> option.  What does that mean?  The manual doesn't explain.  I'd have to
> do a series of tests to work out if that means keep messages available
> locally and remotely, copy missing messages or delete local copy of a
> remote message that was deleted by something else, and so on.  I have
> another mailer on Windows, The Bat!, with a really weird and hazardous
> sounding option that I've never ticked because I can't find an
> explanation:  "purge unread messages".  Why would I want to lose a
> message I haven't read yet?
> 
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