Should we put up with this?
mail-e-03357f01a0c343f05c at kimihia.org.nz
Wed Jun 27 16:14:41 PDT 2001
Tracy R Reed said:
: "jabber". There are so many books pandering to newbies offering to teach
: them computers in "plain language" without using "jargon".
As a person who tutors, I think that given the chance people will relapse
into the most hideous "jargon". Between the right people jargon is fine.
An example is some of the conversations I've had with Chris.
On the other hand explaining how to use Word to a grandmother who had
never used a computer before I wouldn't use that jargon. Because then I'd
have to teach her:
1 - what the jargon is
2 - what the jargon means
3 - what to do with the item I just described with jargon
It was much easier to skip straight to the end and describe the small
square. (ie, button) "how it will appear" vs "preview"
She understood "bold" which was a blessing ...
But in Ron's case, $ is incredibly much easier to say:
"At the normal shell, no, not a root shell, type this in, without the
quotes, and press enter when you're done."
Stephen Cope - http://sdc.org.nz/
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