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   The Cure for Pontifications on the Perversity of Pedantry, Punditry, an

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  • From: Len Bullard <cbullard@hiwaay.net>
  • To: Michael Champion <Mike.Champion@softwareag-usa.com>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2000 22:35:16 -0500

The XML Schema primer is a *cure*.  Does it work?  Well, better 
than nothing.  Can it be made better?  Sure.  It teaches by 
constructivist technique:  a commented, hyperlinked example.  
Ok, insofar as that works, but if you added programmed instruction 
frames to that, then enabled the user to build an example, 
it would work better.

The oldest killerApp of hypertext is programmed instruction.  
Ask anyone here (and there are folks here who programmed 
Plato), and they can tell you that besides a wonderful 
efficiency at conveying complex material to long term 
memory, authoring PI forces an effective author to break 
purple prose down.  Nice.

If OASIS, W3C, BillG'sFundToAidWorldEnlightenment, 
whoever, wants to do a Good Deed, fund a development 
and infrastructure for creating ProInst courses for 
the XML standards.   Make them all interoperable 
through a provided tutorMakerPage that enables the XML-Dev's 
who will able to contribute by picking a topic 
from a job jar and writing the PI frames.  

Really.  List authoring of instruction.   


(who is aware of many commercial products for 
authoring instruction but likes the elegance of 
SkinnerInTheRaw - cheap, ez to maintain)

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