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Re: Gather a list of confusions beginner tend to have

From: Jean Louis
Subject: Re: Gather a list of confusions beginner tend to have
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 14:51:09 +0300
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* Yuan Fu <casouri@gmail.com> [2020-09-08 13:28]:
> I think everybody would agree on attracting more people to use
> Emacs—that means more blogs and help, more contributor, etc. And
> people agree that Emacs isn’t as beginner-friendly as it could
> be. The problem is what to improve, and how.

I have office in Tanzania, in Geita town, and several staff members
came to our office and one task among others was preparation for
administrative works. People who got prepared in such are those who do
not have much experiences with computers in general and do not posses
computer themselves.

They have been given a task to go through Emacs Tutorial as to become
able to use Emacs to write text and respond to emails and to write

Each of them could complete the task with success, I speak of number
of people as around ten of them.

Several of them have been writing reports and one of them was
translating Swahili to English and vice versa by using Emacs.

Thus my very specific experience with these staff members as beginners
tells me that Emacs was very beginner friendly, especially due to fact
that the Tutorial and Help was there, and I never had a case that I
needed to explain directly something to those staff members, they have
provided reports and still do, and can use Emacs as text editor.


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