Reading the docs (was Menu manager/switch problem)

Ken Norris pixelbird at
Thu Mar 13 00:41:01 EST 2003

> Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 15:00:06 -0800
> Subject: Re: Menu manager/switch problem
> From: Richard Gaskin <ambassador at>
> I remember how hard it was for me to learn SuperCard when I came from a
> background in HyperCard, and years later how hard Ken, Christopher Watson,
> and myself worked to deliver one of the most comprehensive sets of docs for
> an authoring tool ever at the time, only to find how hard it was even after
> we delivered them for folks to readily find everything they needed.  With
> complex systems like authoring tools, experience is the best teacher.
> If you plant a seed today and pour ten thousand gallons of water
> on it, you still won't have a tree tommorrow.
Very well put.
> In nearly evry case, I'll stake my reputation on the assertion that the
> topic is covered in Jeanne's docs.
You've put it very well, Richard. The snipped parts in this post are worth
reading in yours, and I'd encourage anyone new to Rev to read it. I
apologized to Jeanne...I'm aware of her thoroughness, too. I think I was
just too long at the machine trying to "pour ten thousand gallons of water"
on the seed.

I find online docs difficult to deal with because they cover up the work,
and I end up trying to toggle the docs off and on, back and forth, which is
time consuming. I have never had to do that so intensively before because
there was always extensive printed manuals available for HC, and I could
just leave them open to the page while I read and worked the scripts.

I do have my old PB onboard which I maybe able to use for docs reading, but
it's too slow and doesn't seem to have enough memory to run the docs.

Another alternate way would be to have a dual monitor output where I can
move the docs windows onto another monitor.

Is anyone else doing things that way?

Best regards,
Ken N.

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