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Re: WYSIWYG [OT?] :: User Experience (Was: Layout Tables vs. Style Sheets)..

From: Mag Leahy <magleahy@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2008 10:47:03 +0100
Message-ID: <a25bda170810080247y54506bc4u2752d2eb6bf2a9ad@mail.gmail.com>
To: "David Poehlman" <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Cc: "Cindy Sue Causey" <butterflybytes@gmail.com>, cdwise@wiserways.com, "Harry Loots" <harry.loots@ieee.org>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Aptana is pretty good and cross platform and free.

On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 6:42 AM, David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Cindy Sue Causey" <butterflybytes@gmail.com>
> To: <cdwise@wiserways.com>
> Cc: "Harry Loots" <harry.loots@ieee.org>; <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 1:28 AM
> Subject: WYSIWYG [OT?] :: User Experience (Was: Layout Tables vs. Style
> Sheets)..
> On 10/7/08, Cheryl D Wise <cdwise@wiserways.com> wrote:
> >
> > Many professionals who create web standards based sites use Dreamweaver,
> > Expression, TopStyle and many other editors. Not one I know uses Notepad
> > because they want color coding, syntax highlighting and code snippets.
> I do, I do.. :))
> **ONLY** use very basic text editors like Notepad, Wordpad, Editpad..
> Doesn't matter what it is for.. For the cognitive reasons that I
> occasionally get the chance to toss into the mix out here at W3C..
> The "colorized" feature I saw referred to is horribly distracting..
> Almost as though it was something in constant motion with respect to
> quantifying its level of distractability.. For whatever (cognitive ?)
> reason, the eye-to-Brain translation simply does not function for me..
> It's pretty.. Just not effective.. :)
> And for some reason WYSIWYGs are not my type of Brain activity
> friendly *AT ALL*, either.. But don't ask why.. It's just how it is..
> No word strong enough to explain the frustration of programs that keep
> trying to autocomplete, either.. Most of the time those have a
> somewhat readily available toggle switch to access..
> Whenever I encounter (the frustration of) autocomplete, I imagine my
> friends with visual impairments or dexterity-related disabilities
> trying to use the same.. I regularly consciously hope that those who
> create such program features keep readily-accessed, alternative
> accommodations in high priority consideration for my friends..
> As long as I've mentioned autocomplete, there are those rare gems that
> change the code behind my back after I've saved files.. Frontpage 2003
> and I went round and round over my style sheets just for that reason
> not long ago.. Never did find THAT off toggle.. I needed the code set
> up a certain way for my Mind to work with it, and Frontpage
> unfortunately had its own ideas, albeit and granted, much more
> compact.. :GRIN:
> To take it slightly further.. The [stairstep] method that is used for
> coding..? The Mind is not able to process that, either.. Go figure.. I
> can pretty much whip right through a straight line of [code].. Am not
> able to, well, let's call it that I experience *EXTREME* difficulty
> wading through the much cleaner looking blocks, snippets..
> For what it's worth, I know "a number" of people like me out here,
> too.. I run into them on various disability accessibility boards..
> They are "professional" developers, designers, what-have-you.. :)
> Sooo.. Please never say never.. Definitely no such thing as "no one
> does" or "everyone does" in the experience of this keyboard, for
> sure.. People are wearing all KINDS of different Shoes based on their
> lot in Life out here across the WWW..
> Cindy Sue :)
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