As You Were

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December 18, 2007

The Level of Stupidity

required to even consider that this might be true is mind-boggling.

Update: Collin suggests I could me more clear here. My point is this: it is very easy to describe what to do for a command-line interface (e.g., you could talk a complete newbie through deleting a file with rm much more easily than talking them through navigating to that file in Windows and dragging it to the recycling bin) but just knowing the magical incantation doesn't mean you understand it. It is also very hard for even an experienced scissors-user to describe to someone exactly how to use a pair of scissors, but that doesn't mean they don't understand the scissors' interface. I'd go even further and say that the best user interfaces are the ones that don't afford description -- you don't talk about them, you just use them.

Posted by coughlin at 11:47 AM