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Re: Best advice for new user




Good point --just be glad it's a learning curve and not a slippery
slope.

>>>>> "Bill" == Bill Barry <barryb@proaxis.com> writes:

    Bill> Well I guess the best advice for anyone starting out is to
    Bill> really recognize that it is called a learning curve for a
    Bill> reason.  That what you learn is built on what you have
    Bill> learned before and that the more you know the faster you can
    Bill> learn and the opposite that the less you know the slower you
    Bill> can go.  One good way to climb a learning curve is to start
    Bill> out slow and at each stage make sure you have a good grasp
    Bill> of what is going on before climbing to the next level that
    Bill> way the base you are building on is sound. Don't try to
    Bill> learn email before you know how to open and close a file for
    Bill> instance.

    Bill> For the emacs case, maybe start out by opening a file, and
    Bill> closing it. Then after your father has mastered that he can
    Bill> open a file, edit it close it etc. You get the
    Bill> idea. Remember that from the outside it might look like you
    Bill> are going slow, but to the person learning it always looks
    Bill> like you are going fast.

    Bill> Bill Barry

    Bill> On Sun, Apr 20, 2003 at 11:45:13PM -0400, Patrick Wiseman
    Bill> wrote:
    >> Hello:
    >> 
    >> I'm about to try to introduce my dad to emacspeak; he's an
    >> octogenarian, smart, not afraid of a challenge, has peripheral
    >> vision in one eye, and, before he lost most of his vision,
    >> loved Googling and email.  I'd like to give both back to him.
    >> 
    >> The emacs learning curve is steep.  Any suggestions about how I
    >> can set things up to make it as easy as possible for my Dad to
    >> get started?
    >> 
    >> Patrick
    >> 
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--raman

      
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