[darcs-users] Re: 5 Year Old Bull in a China Shop

Michael G Schwern schwern at pobox.com
Tue Mar 22 18:39:13 UTC 2005

On Tue, Mar 22, 2005 at 12:07:05PM -0500, John S. Yates, Jr. wrote:
> o Persuade them that this controller would not frustrate their expectations:
> irrespective of its current state if there was an obvious (and safe)
> response to a given operator input then that is exactly what the controller
> would do

There's a term for this, "exploratory interface".  Where the user is free to
learn what something does by simply pushing buttons and watching what happens.
Each control has obvious feeedback so they can learn by doing and each 
operation is undoable so they can't truely screw anything up.  Most
version control systems have the latter nature inherently.

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