Message-Id: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Mon, 26 Jun 1995 09:14:13 -0400 To: Norderhaug.CHI@xerox.com (Terje Norderhaug) From: email@example.com (Kee Hinckley) Subject: Re: Agent-mediated access (was Re: Criticism of Kidcode...) Cc: Peter Deutsch <firstname.lastname@example.org>, At 12:20 AM 6/24/95, Terje Norderhaug wrote: >why those that are aware of these issues move away from the "file" metaphor >on user interfaces and towards a "document" metaphor, where the physical >storage is abstracted off. Naturally, those that are somewhat more techie >might have some problems with this, but then again, we aren't exactly J >Randoms. Except that programming (and even hardware deign) has to do about >bulding abstractions as well... The Mac interface is currently very concrete compared to the sea of objects that tends to get discussed on the technical side. There is a strong sense of location, containers and place. The only major exceptiion was the introduction of aliases, and they do, as you would expect, cause confusion. Window's on the other hand, with it's file manager and separate program manager, has confused the concept (I know, it's being fixed in new versions) with a resulting confusion. Kee Hinckley Utopia Inc. - Cyberspace Architects=81 617/721-6100 email@example.com http://www.utopia.com/ I'm not sure which upsets me more: that people are so unwilling to accept responsibility for their own actions, or that they are so eager to regulate everyone else's.