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Re: Info tutorial is out of date

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Info tutorial is out of date
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2006 08:23:45 +0200
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"Drew Adams" <address@hidden> writes:

>     `n' and `p' are not shortcuts - they're the prime method of
>     using the functions.  Rather, the mouse equivalents should be
>     regarded as ambages.
> Another in the Mouseless-That-Roared camp, eh? A small, but very
> vocal and militant minority, apparently.

It does not give you any thoughts that from your "majority", you are
the only one to speak up?

> The point is that we do not *have* to teach people how to get to
> next and previous nodes (provided they have a mouse, which most
> users do [OUCH!]).  That is advertised at the top of the buffer with
> big blazing buttons. It's just, well, brain-dead obvious. If you
> blindfold yourself, then you might need a tutorial to help you get
> through the living room, but if you turn `blindfold-mode' OFF... it
> hurts a lot less.
> We certainly don't need to spend the first several minutes of the
> tutorial on `n' and `p', even for the mouseless. For the moused, we
> can teach `n' and `p' later, after they know what Info is all
> about. (Hint: it is not about `n' or `p'; it has something to do
> with finding `Info'rmation.)

The mouse can only be used for the most important functions as a
fallback.  It does not make sense in a tutorial to focus on the less
important functions first.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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