Re: 'Transparent to the User'

Subject: Re: 'Transparent to the User'
From: "Janet M. Swisher" <swisher -at- enthought -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 08 Apr 2005 11:04:41 -0500

"David Chinell" wrote:

> "Transparent" could mean that the thing or process does not
> impinge on any of the user's senses. He does not see or hear
> anything. He may be able to infer that something has
> happened, but he doesn't experience it directly.

That's the usual "computer science-y" meaning of "transparent". The saying I picked up somewhere is:

If you can see it and it exists, it's real.
If you can see it but it doesn't exist, it's virtual.
If you can't see it but it exists, it's transparent.
If you can't see it and it doesn't exist, you probably deleted it.

Janet Swisher --- Senior Technical Writer
Enthought, Inc.


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