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Re: alternate applications

Two Ducks wrote:
> On Mon, 20 Apr 1998, Donovan Rebbechi wrote:
> <snip>
> >> Reading email
> >
> >The problem is that your heading is incorrect (or incomplete)
> > It should read something like
> >
> >task help -> KDE -> reading email
> >
> >Or "reading email with KDE"
> My concern is that there may be some users who will not understand
> what KDE, or GNOME, or whatever is. They just want to read email
Default help should be whatever desktop manager is installed ( KDE 
for this year at least ) then additional program specific help should be 
summoned when those programs are installed.

> >It's important that you don't propose you're instructions as a be
> >all and end all of how to do a task. For example, there are lots
> >of ways to read mail, there's no "one way" to do it. The instructions
> >need to be placed in the appropriate context to make sense.
> I suppose this might be fine. As long as the help files are written well
> this might not be a problem. The layout of the system will be much more
> important in this case.
> Ken
Simplicity = predictability.  
Put everything in a particular place by default.  If the user knows 
enough to move stuff around and install to alternate paths, he will be 
able to change what needs changing.
Through the the Firewall, out the ruter, down the T1, bounced from
satellite.  ... Nothing but net.