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What the Digerati Know. INFO/CSE100, Fall 2006 Fluency in Information Technology http://courses.washington.edu/info100/. Questions from last class. Podcast in iTunes. Readings and References. Reading Fluency with Information Technology Chapter 2, What the Digerati Know.

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what the digerati know
What the Digerati Know

INFO/CSE100, Fall 2006

Fluency in Information Technology

http://courses.washington.edu/info100/

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questions from last class
Questions from last class
  • Podcast in iTunes

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readings and references
Readings and References
  • Reading
    • Fluency with Information Technology
      • Chapter 2, What the Digerati Know

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learning new tools
Learning New Tools
  • How do we learn to use new tools?
    • Be taught their use by someone else -- car, bicycle, etc…
    • Reading the owner’s manual -- chain saw
    • Passive Observance -- vending machine
    • Figure them out ourselves -- CD player

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quick software learning
Quick Software Learning
  • Software designers want you to learn ASAP
  • How? : They try for “intuitive” usage
    • Consistent Interfaces -- build in experience
    • Suggestive icons and Metaphors -- bypass terminology

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intuitive design
IntuitiveDesign?

Could you do better?

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consistent interfaces
Consistent Interfaces
  • Cars
    • What would you do if they were all different?
  • Software
    • Functions look like another
    • Software programs looks like eachother
    • Re-Use ideas - what others have done

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consistent interfaces1
Consistent Interfaces

Most modern applications File and Edit menus with standard commands

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Same, but on a Mac

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consistent interfaces2
Consistent Interfaces

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computers use metaphors
Computers use Metaphors
  • Some familiar computer metaphors
    • Desktop (folders, inboxes, etc…)
    • Tree (root, branches, leaves)
    • Stoplights red = stop or error

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dance dance revolution
Dance Dance Revolution

What makes it easy to use?

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menus what does new mean
MenusWhat does “New” Mean?
  • Most applications have the concept of a document with:
    • Attributes: date created, date modified, creator, …
    • Content: image, text, sound
  • “New” means create a ‘blank instance’ of a document for this application
    • A document has attributes as well as content
      • All stored in one file with a place for anything
      • A ‘blank instance’ is simply the structure with some of the attributes filled in but without any of the content

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click around
“Click Around”
  • Software designers use standard ideas to make applications intuitive
  • To learn a new application, check it out by clicking around
    • Take a minute to familiarize…
      • Look under all menus to see operations
      • Follow the “…” for menu operations
      • Try to recognize what the icons mean
  • Clicking around is Exploration! :)

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a new application
A New Application

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lets click around with audacity
Lets “Click Around” with Audacity
  • Audacity
    • 1st - What does it do: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
    • 2nd - Lets see if we can learn by “clicking around”

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blazing away
“Blazing Away”
  • Learn an application fast by trying it!
  • Beginning with a new instance, assertively try menu items
    • Expect to fail and make a mess
    • Exit the application and if you are asked to “Save?” reply “No”
    • Don’t be afraid of “breaking it”
    • Try repeatedly until becoming familiar

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what does bbedit do
What does BBEdit Do?
  • All I know is it is a text editor…
  • Lets learn more by “blazing away”

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what else can i do to learn
What else can I do to learn?
  • Some times programs are intuitive
    • Easily teach yourself the application
    • Do so by familiarizing with features by “Clicking Around”
    • Assertively try out the features:
      • “Blaze Away” observing what they do
      • Be efficient -- stay focused, don’t type a lot when you expect to exit
  • What now, help?

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built in help
Built-in Help
  • The help menu is very handy

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Ask questions interactively

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online tutorials
Online Tutorials
  • Where do they come from?
    • Expert organizations
    • Online Magazines
  • Different Formats
    • Interactive tools
    • Step by step examples
  • Often used as references
    • Might support a user community - example UW Computing Thunderbird
  • Things to consider:
    • Are they up-to-date?
    • Are they selling something?

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example online tutorials
Example Online Tutorials
  • Skype Tutorial (3rd Party)
    • http://www.laptopmag.com/Features/Skype-Made-Easy.htm
  • Skype Online Help (Application Vendor)
    • http://www.skype.com/help/guides

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dummies books
Dummies Books
  • http://www.dummies.com/
  • Similar Format

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differences similarities of applications
Differences & Similarities of Applications
  • Different vendors - similar software - same task
    • Superficially - GUIs use similar features may look different
    • Fundamentally - task largely determines how the software must work… they must be similar
  • Implications
    • If you know one word processor, you can learn others fast
    • Software differences: mostly glitz and convenience
    • Don’t accept lousy tools, consider switching to other applications

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lets look at 2 web browsers
Lets look at 2 web browsers
  • Camino
  • Safari

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another implication
Another Implication
  • Similar applications means quicker learning
    • Possibilities:
      • Web Browsers - verified!
      • Word Processors / Text Editors?
      • Operating Systems?
      • Programming languages?

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mac or pc
Mac or PC???
  • Arguments about which is better, Mac or PC create only create heat, no light
    • They are more alike than different
    • Any fluent person can use both
  • I first bought a Mac Desktop, then a PC Desktop, then an IBM Laptop, and now this MacBookPro
    • And “afew other” computers in between

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questions
Questions
  • Open, New, Close, and Save can usually be found in the ______ menu

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questions1
Questions
  • The online manual can usually be found in the ______ menu.

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questions2
Questions
  • Name an advantage of a consistent interface from the consumer’s view?
  • From the developers view?

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summarizing
Summarizing
  • Humans must learn to use tools
    • Software designers want you to learn easily
      • Good software uses consistent interfaces and menus
  • Teach yourself applications by “Clicking Around” and “Blazing Away”
    • I don’t know all the features, you don’t know all the features, and that’s okay!
  • Software for a task must share core features
  • Learn applications independent of vendors

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homework 2
Homework 2
  • Print out homework 2
  • You will have to complete some tasks on 2 different computer systems (Mac, Windows, or Linux)
    • How will you ever learn?
  • Due in class on Friday, Oct 6th

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