Paper vs. Screen (was Resumes: ASCII)

Subject: Paper vs. Screen (was Resumes: ASCII)
From: Bev Parks <bparks -at- HUACHUCA-EMH1 -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL>
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 1995 10:49:10 MST

I'm snipping a small piece out of Janice Critchlow's post on the
ASCII resume topic:

> In fact, I'm probably less inclined to scroll through
> multiple ASCII pages than I might be to look through multiple paper pages.
> That, however, is a purely personal opinion. ;-)

I share that opinion. Janice, my guess is that we are not alone.

Here are my ideas why we are like this:

1. With ASCII pages, there is literally "no end in sight."
Whereas, with paper pages, we can see and feel exactly the
magnitude of the task before us.

2. ASCII pages are shorter (usually) than paper pages, so there
are more of them. After I've hit the Page Down key three times,
I'm starting to feel like I'm reading a book. On paper, that
same text would likely not exceed one page.

I admit that I'm quick to abandon reading really long posts.
On-line manuals and help files should be presented in manageable
chunks to avoid losing the reader's interest.

Bev Parks
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