Educational uses for Rev

Gregory Lypny gregory.lypny at
Thu Aug 12 20:11:35 EDT 2004

It was at least a couple of years ago that I posted to the MC list that 
I thought that the (not sure of the exact titles --- my copies are at 
work) HyperCard Users Manual and Language Reference from the original 
boxed version were two of the most elegant and well written software 
manuals I had every read. I am surprised that so few software companies 
have adopted Apple's style and format or insist on good writing from 
their manual writers.  Online help in general does not come close to 
the usefulness of a well written manual in traditional print.


On Aug 12, 2004, at 6:06 PM, Marty Billingsley wrote:

> Introductory programming was one of the best uses of HyperCard,
> I thought, and have been trying to promote this with Rev.  We
> switched over from HC a year ago with our 8th grade programming
> class, and have been very happy with it.  Rev has, of course,
> several advantages over HC; two biggies are its use of color and
> the ability to save apps for any platform so students can take
> their work home to show their folks.
> I know of other schools that are hanging on with HC, who would
> probably make the switch if readable documentation were available.
> I used to be able to hand my students Danny Goodman's book and let
> them look up things in the index.  My students can navigate Rev's
> online help, but since they often don't know what keywords to look
> for it isn't that useful.  There should be an index of concepts,
> rather than keywords.  I'm thinking of creating a "recipe book"
> that teachers could use with kids; there were several such for HC
> that got a lot of teachers started.

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