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   Re: [xml-dev] Does WTSIWYG make simplicity moot?

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** Reply to message from "Alaric B. Snell" <alaric@alaric-snell.com> on Thu, 14
Nov 2002 16:07:56 +0000

> On Thursday 14 November 2002 16:00, Anthony B. Coates wrote:
> > Yeah, yeah.  Are you still running DOS then?  Do you always boot Linux up
> > to a command prompt and eschew the use of X, Gnome, or KDE?  Or is there a
> > light touch of hypocracy here??  :-)  The world has voted with its feet
> > (with its mice?) for GUIs.
> That's not the point. Sean's comment was that technology should not *need* a 
> GUI, not that he wants to always use a CLI for everything. It's more a 
> statement that he wants to be *able* to do whatever he likes with a CLI, 
> should the need arise.

Sean's a good bloke, and I certainly was kidding around a bit.  Let me add,
though, that if technology should not *need* a GUI, then surely it should not
*need* a CLI either.  The availability of a CLI does not guarantee that a
technology is sufficiently simple, nor even that it is sufficiently usable by
the blind.  Should a good technology not need anything?

I would be more inclined to suggest that a good technology should have at least
one good interface (hopefully usable by people with special requirements as
well).  The fact of it being a GUI or CLI is completely moot.

Anthony B. Coates, Information & Software Architect
MDDL Editor (Market Data Definition Language)


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