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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: not everyone likes implicit shortcuts

From: zander
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: not everyone likes implicit shortcuts
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2003 20:47:03 +0100

On Sun, Nov 09, 2003 at 07:41:44PM +0100, Bj?rn Lindstr?m wrote:
> Robin Farine <address@hidden> writes:
> > Almost everybody knows it already, I am against the kind of shortcuts
> > that pretend to know better than the user what is good for him. For
> > instance, I am not even using 'my-default-archive' because working
> > with a few archives regularly and having one as the default already put
> > me into trouble. But at least I have the choice to do so.
> I agree. Especially since anyone could set something like this up with
> variables or global aliases in their shell, should they want it.

Right, except for the little part that that will not help solve the problem
of newbees starting to learn the tool.  You still have to learn the correct
way before you can be pointed to these shortcuts you want them to create.

The shortcuts and aliases have to be part of tla if that problem is to be

I'm not sure what the problems are you (and maybe others) had in the past
that makes you react the way you do, but I'm sure that these can be solved
with better interaction and better error messages from tla.

As I said some time ago; I'me whats called a usability expert;  if you have
doubts that defaults won't work; lets discuss the exact examples. Thats what
I do for a living (a.o.), I'm sure we can work it out.

Right now some people are showing the old linux problem too much; the
"this is an elite tool; if you don't understand it, go away".  That is
probably not what anyone here wants...

Thomas Zander

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