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RE: Info tutorial is out of date

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: Info tutorial is out of date
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 09:37:59 -0700

    > Newbies are overwhelmingly used to using a mouse. Let them do
    > that while they get the basics of Info.

    Once they're used to it, they're less likely to change.

They're already used to it - there are no more virgin users.

    > Save the teaching of why it's better to learn to use the keyboard
    > for later.

    When it will be too late for many.  If indeed it is better to use the
    keyboard (and I think it is), it seems a bad idea to begin by teaching
    bad habits, however easy these habits may be.

I'm not suggesting we teach them *any* way to perform simple navigation
(equivalent of `n' and `p'). On the contrary, my point was that we *need
not* teach that. There is an obvious, simple way to navigate: click a link
or navigation button. No need to teach that. If you like, later in the
tutorial we can teach quicker ways to navigate ("shortcuts").

I'm not worried about the risk that users will never learn to use `n'
instead of clicking the `Next' button. You are, apparently. Info is a
browser for finding and reading manuals. The argument for keyboard shortcuts
is vastly overstated when it comes to browsing (vs editing).

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