Alex Midence <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > I've noticed in my learning of Emacspeak that, while there are plenty > of reference materials, the number of up-to-date tutorial-style > documents geared towards a raw newbie are somewhat sparse and spread > out and are written in a way that someone coming from a strong Ms > Windows background would find rather laborious to follow, increasing > their learning curve unnecessarily. This is probably because a lot of > it was written by people who have used Linux for longer than Windows > has been accessible (oh, what a battle that has been!) and, as is the > case with many a developer, are more comfortable writing code than > writing documents. Actually, T.V. Raman, the author of Emacspeak, is one of the most accomplished technical writers that I have encountered - he is adept at writing prose as well as code. I would suggest reading his papers describing Emacspeak before you embark on preparing a tutorial; this will give you a deeper understanding of the design principles of the Emacspeak user interface. > What I propose to do is to write a simple tutorial for newcomers to > Emacspeak geared towards people who are new to command line, Linux and Emacs > as well. A fundamental question that I would suggest considering is this: what do such people really need to know before they can comfortably read Emacs documentation, manual pages, HOWTO documents and other sources? I have read claims in several places to the effect that it's harder for former MS-Windows users to learn a UNIX-like environment than it is for absolute beginners who have had no prior computing experience. Presumably, to the extent that this is the case, it is because MS-Windows users have to set aside their prior knowledge and habits in making the adjustment. I'm only speculating here; the last Microsoft product that I ever used was DOS 6 and I opted entirely out of Windows in favour of Linux at that time. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the emacspeak list or change your address on the emacspeak list send mail to "email@example.com" with a subject of "unsubscribe" or "help".
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