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Re: Info tutorial is out of date

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Info tutorial is out of date
Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2006 17:04:06 +0200
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"Drew Adams" <address@hidden> writes:


> In general (exceptions can be made), key bindings should not be
> introduced until much later, and then they should be introduced as
> shortcuts for functionalities the user already knows by then. It is
> the functionalities that should be on the agenda, not the keys. The
> emphasis is all wrong in this respect. You lose the forest of
> functionalities because of all the trees of keys.

I disagree with most of your posting.  Mouse navigation remains an
inefficient crutch compared to keys.  It is somewhat efficient for
exact cursor positioning, but that still requires letting go of the
keyboard.  Using info efficiently entails using the keys.  Of course,
this is doubly important on ttys or for disabled people, but in any
case there is absolutely no sane rationale for futzing around with
scroll bars when the space bar is fully accessible.

And most scroll bars don't even allow you changing the direction of
scrolling without having to move the mouse

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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