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Just a simple [] guy, hacking Perl for fun and profit since way back in the last millenium. You may find me hanging around in the monestary [].

What am I working on right now? Probably the Sprog project [].

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Friday August 03, 2007
06:27 PM

More blind driving

[ #33984 ]

Schwern's blind driver analogy struck a chord with me. I'd argue that the analogy could also be turned completely around, with the end-user in the driver's seat. Unfortunately, more often than not they won't even have someone in the back seat shouting directions. Their 'navigation' will consist of zigzagging through menus, links and buttons trying to decipher the available options find a path to their intended destination.

Unlike Adrian I'm not particularly enamoured with Don's Norman's writing - I've found it to be long on anecdotes and short on practical advice or solutions.

One fascinating essay I stumbled upon recently is Bret Victor's Magic Ink - Information Software and the Graphical Interface. For anyone interested in the interface between people and computers, this is a 'must read'. Be warned though it's quite long.

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