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Re: [Nmh-workers] What are and what should be the qualifications for a c

From: norm
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] What are and what should be the qualifications for a current nmh user
Date: Tue, 13 May 2014 08:19:41 -0700

I will try, as already discussed, to generate some data about my use of show.
But in the meantime, my remarks about the qualifications of an nmh 1.6 user
were not meant to be snide, although they may have come out that way.

Seriously guys, the Email of 2014 is vastly more complex than it was 38 years
ago when MH was conceived. Is an "All power to the user" mail client usable by
nearly anybody, feasible today.? In trying to make nmh usable by anybody who
can use a command line interface, are you aiming for too much? In any case, I
think you (the nmh developers) should think about maybe making your target
users more explicit.

Ken Hornstein <address@hidden> writes:
>>Original versions of MH were used, after just a few weeks of training, by
>>secretaries who had never seen a computer terminal. The training also included
>>use of an Ambassador terminal, the Rand editor, and maybe a dozen UNIX
>>commands. Email has grown much, much more complex since then, so it would be
>>unreasonable to hold nmh 1.6 to that high standard But maybe some thought
>>should be given to what the standard should be?
>My goal, at least for 1.6, was to have the out-of-the-box behavior for
>mhshow to be useful.  That it, it should display text parts (at least
>plain and hopefully HTML, if you have the right helper programs installed).
>In general, I'd like the out of the box behavior of nmh to work reasonably
>well.  Configuration of how you get mail, yes, that will require some
>changes.  But other stuff shouldn't hopefully be necessary.
>>In particular, trying to get mhshow to work, I'm beginning to wonder if I'm
>>qualified to use nmh 1.6.
>Hey, if it's THAT hard, clearly I didn't meet my goal.  So ... what's wrong?

    Norman Shapiro

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