Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

OMIGOD, Word is Freaking Evil...

Ive just been help a lovely old lass (50-70) with her assignment.  She broke her arm last year and her hand is a ilttle shaky.

watching her attempting to drag the tab stops, and the page margins was _particularly_ painful, but even just the basic stuff....there is way too much stuff in word that depends entirely on a very accurate mouse user, but almost every old person I know has at least a little trouble with shakiness.

there is a very real market here, especially with the baby boomer generation reaching old bastard status.  a version of word cut down somewhat in features, but with fewer and WAY bigger buttons.

I never eralised how bad word was for the minorly disabled, but it is just dreadful*

* not an indictment on Microsoft, I doubt there are any other good ones out there, just an observation on how bad Word is for people with a _slight_ case of the shakes.
Permalink Send private email worldsSmallestViolin 
March 11th, 2007 10:40pm
There are keyboard alternatives for all mouse actions, though they are pretty well hidden from normal users. I often look for them since they are frequently faster and more accurate than trying to use the mouse. I don't understand though, why the Word designers have made the keyboard actions so difficult to discover. Nobody will ever stumble over them by accident.

Also look for accessibility features in the help. Word is designed in theory to be usable by the infirm of sight and movement.

You are right though. Word is the most awful piece of mass market software out there. The Word product manager should be taken out and shot.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
March 11th, 2007 11:05pm
Are the word guys in the same building as the excel guys? cause excel just RULES. Maybe they could pitch in a bit.
Permalink bogart 
March 11th, 2007 11:17pm
Page margins: File menu/page setup/margins tab
Tabs:  Format menu/Tabs

No mouse required.
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
March 12th, 2007 6:31am
Messing with page margins, indentation, and outline-style documents would make Britney wish she still had hair to pull out.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
March 12th, 2007 2:03pm

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