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Re: AJAX vs. Xforms

From: Caroline Jarrett <caroline.jarrett@effortmark.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2005 17:31:41 -0000
Message-ID: <002801c5de40$f63e04e0$0501000a@Weasel>
To: <www-forms@w3.org>

Hi all,

I'm a longtime lurker on the list, and now I feel it's time to break 
silence to comment on this:
> People are not so stupid. They know how to install plugins.

It's not a question of stupidity. Here are some reasons why plugins 
are a barrier:

1. Many corporates and other large organisations have policies about 
plugins. You could get fired for installing something that isn't 

2. Many of us understand plugins all too well. We know exactly how 
they work and we choose not to engage with them.

3. But there is a huge, huge group of users out there who are by no 
means stupid but their expertise lies in topics other than computing 
and the Internet. Example: my dad. He's got an MA and PhD. He's 
retired from two demanding, intellectual careers. He's not stupid and 
he's not ignorant, but he's got no idea whatsover about plugins or 
installing them and would need to call me for help. And it's not just 
seniors. Example: my sister. She also has two degrees and a demanding 
job at a university. She uses all sorts of technology every day but 
she doesn't mess with it. She'd also have to call me for help.

If Xforms is only for people in small organisations or individuals, 
who don't care what they put on their computers, and who are skilled 
programmers: then we have a big problem.


Caroline Jarrett
01525 370379

Effortmark Ltd
Usability - Forms - Surveys 
Received on Tuesday, 1 November 2005 03:13:08 UTC

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