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bug#4962: Bug#4962: Fwd: Please include tour parts 2 and 3, and the slid


From: Jason A. Spiro
Subject: bug#4962: Bug#4962: Fwd: Please include tour parts 2 and 3, and the slideshow version of tour part 1, on your website
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 15:59:30 -0500

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From: Phil Sung <address@hidden>
Date: Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 7:02 PM
Subject: Re: Please include tour parts 2 and 3, and the slideshow
version of tour part 1, on your website
To: "Jason A. Spiro" <address@hidden>

Hi Jason,

[I'm not sure that debbugs has processed your original email yet, but
I will repost this message when it has.]

As an aside, thanks for your efforts in thinking about how we can
smooth out the learning curve for new Emacs users! I think this is
really important and often neglected.

On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 20:34, Jason A. Spiro <address@hidden> wrote:
> Thank you for putting a version of Phil Sung's guided tour of Emacs on
> your website at http://gnu.org/s/emacs/tour/ -- but I prefer Phil's
> slideshow version.  But AFAICT the slideshow version is not available
> anywhere on gnu.org. I do admit that some people will prefer the
> prose version.  So you should offer both versions on your website.
> [...]
> So, could you please change http://gnu.org/s/emacs/tour/ to be not a
> tour, but a menu, linking to six choices?:

I prefer the current layout because casual/uncommitted visitors to the
web site can immediately read something (ever so slightly...) engaging
and useful rather than having to make a decision.

(I think the prose version is actually more accessible, despite being
longer. It's more easily skimmed/searched and has lots of context that
is elided from the slide versions.)

If others agree that the slides fill a needed niche (myself, I am
indifferent), perhaps something like the following would be good:
1. Add a link to part1.html in a sidebar of the current tour page.
2. Add the other slides somewhere else, e.g. wherever we have
elisp-related resources right now. Additionally, mention them in the
"resources" section at the end of the tour.

What do you think?

Regards,
Phil





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