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Re: basic question: going back to dired


From: Lennart Borgman (gmail)
Subject: Re: basic question: going back to dired
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:56:25 +0200
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Bastien Guerry wrote:
"Lennart Borgman (gmail)" <address@hidden> writes:

Bastien wrote:
If Emacs implements a feature that no other editor implements
then the user is usually not fussy about the learning curve.
Are you sure about that? What about if the learning time is so long that
it outweight the benefits of the feature the user want?

Then the user can just accuse himself of being lazy.

;-)

I don't say I'm sure about anything here, because we are talking about
very empirical matters.  But I'm under this impression.

Why not then consider the learning process? Why not try to be think creatively about all types of constraints the user may meet (and that matters here of course)?

A note: For some people there is possibly a benefit with that Emacs is hard to learn. They may perhaps feel that they can master something. There is both good and bad things in that.

And it's not as if you could consider the Emacs-learning-curve
independantly of this-feature-learning-curve.  For example, if someone
gets impressed by what Gnus can achieve, then learning Gnus and learning
Emacs overlap to a great extent.
So if someone wants a feature and is ready to learn about it, I guess it
also mean he's ready to learn about Emacs in general.





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