RE: Preferences versus defaults

Subject: RE: Preferences versus defaults
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 17:27:10 -0400

Agreed. Like totally. Sue just got there before I could. A "preference" is a
user choice, and a default is a design decision made before the user ever
had a twinkle in her eye about using the program.

Bonnie Granat

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> Subject: Re: Preferences versus defaults
> To me, "default preferences" is an oxymoron -- there are
> defaults and there
> are preferences and they are different.
> When you first install software, any options that the
> application offers are
> set to arbitrary values and these are the _default_. If the user does
> nothing, the software operates perfectly well using the
> default values.
> If users don't want to use the default values for any reason, they may
> access the applications _options_ and set (change) the values from the
> default value to their _preference_. Preferences are
> persistent and replace
> the application's defaults.
> My two cents
> -Sue Gallagher


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Preferences versus defaults: From: Debra Graham
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