: Describing branches

Subject: : Describing branches
From: DAVID IBBETSON <ibbetson -at- IDIRECT -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 1996 08:42:39 -0400

Tim Altom writes:

>Now, we've solved the problem of describing branches in two basic ways: with
>a diagram, and with an if/then table. The first works for all users except
>those who are diagrammatically impaired (and there are many such). The
>second works for almost everyone, except that it requires more thought and
>isn't as amenable to simple recognition.

My first reaction was to wonder why anybody would be diagrammatically
impaired, then I remembered:
a) I had to be taught to read maps (I remember all too well getting the view
from the top of a convex slope wrong. ---- The contours were perfectly clear!)
b) During WW2 a Gurkha soldier found his way through the Malayan jungle to
India using a map of the London underground.

Back to writing for audiences and complaining about inadequate education.
Tim may well need different approaches for different countries. (Ugh!)

David (the idiot) Ibbetson.

David Ibbetson, Ontario, Canada ibbetson -at- idirect -dot- com

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