Subject: indexes
From: Kari G Andres <kandres -at- UDel -dot- Edu>
To: Tim Altom <taltom -at- simplywritten -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 09:31:31 -0500 (EST)

all i know, is that whenever i open a help file-- i go straight to the
index to find the information i need. i typically learn how to use a
product by 1st having somebody show me the rudimentary basics of using it,
and then playing with it by myself. i very rarely will use 'help' to
learn how to use a product from ground 0. i don't know if that is because
i feel comfortable with software in genl. i also like to use a hard copy
if i need to learn something-- and prefer a tutorial, as opposed to the
on-line help. i see help as just that, help-- not teaching-- i'm not
sure if i am making myself clear.

also, i find this is true of all my reference books in genl. i have used
all my references in detail. most of them i have read thru from
cover-to-cover-- having used them in my coursework. when i need to find
information about a specific item-- i use the index. no matter how clear
a TOC is, it will not include every little item that is included in the
chapter or show every reference to that item. i can find what i am
looking for faster, by using an index.

Kari Gulbrandsen
Marine Outreach Specialist
College of Marine Studies, University of Delaware

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