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Re: [Axiom-developer] A student comment

From: M. Edward (Ed) Borasky
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] A student comment
Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2007 18:53:41 -0700
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address@hidden wrote:
> Axiom has a goal of a new, non-archaic user interface called Crystal.
> I've spent a fair amount of time researching the subject and creating
> little test case setups to experiment with ideas. The Crystal effort
> has been discussed on this list. Had the student taken the time to 
> read the list they might have generated a question, a proposal, or
> an informed comment about the long term vision of a new user interface.

Is the only documentation on Crystal to be found by searching the
mailing list archives, or is there some more central description of it

> Calling the help system (documented in the axiom book, previously 
> defined, recently fixed and extended to 160 algebra files) "archaic" is 
> easily viewed as (a) uninformed criticism, (b) ignoring the value of being
> able to actually get help immediately, and (c) failing to scratch one's 
> own itch.

Very true! As far as I can tell, Axiom, as complex as its build system
can get, does work, is reasonably efficient, and is documented well
enough that I can solve problems with it. I'm strictly a user, though --
I don't have the bandwidth to help with construction of anything except
solutions for my own problems, and of course, bug reports.

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