The Training Displaywriter
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
In high-function systems novice users need help in exploring basic functions without being distracted by advanced material. The Training Displaywriter described herein is a system for learners that encourages exploration of basic functions by disabling the more advanced functions that can distract and confuse novices. Learning simple things first: Contemporary office systems, like the Displaywriter, are capable of many advanced functions. But advanced functions can create problems for the learner who is not ready for them, as behavioral studies have demonstrated. How can these problems be avoided? One approach is to limit the learner to only simple functions, to make advanced functions unavailable. Most basically, one wants a word processor to type in documents, to revise documents already typed in, and to print.