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From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Friday, August 25, 2000 4:28 AM
Subject: GUI Advocate
>I've been cursorily watching this debate about GUIs and documentation. I'm
>curious...where the heck is it written that all tech writers are user
>Quite honestly, user interfaces are subjective at best. One persons dream
>is another persons hopeless mess. I find it ironic and a little
>that Microsoft, which employs hundreds of UI experts and spends millions on
>designing user interfaces, endures constant ridicule in this forum for
>bad products. While FrameMaker, which has a UI that was state of the art in
>1989 and hasn't changed since, is lauded as the world's most perfect tool.
>That one is a head scratcher.
Microsoft Word, in particular, is not criticized for its UI. It angers user
by its performance.