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Time to learn

How long does it take a typical user to learn the interface?

All of these interfaces are too complicated to learn in one sitting. The basic use of any of the bibliographic databases can be taught in a one-hour session, but the fine points take many months to get under control, and even then they are continually evolving--new commands and displays are added regularly to both public and commercial catalogs. The programmers of the Internet utilities and assumed that their `typical' user knows a lot about computers and inter-networking. Or, maybe the utilities were written with more savvy users in mind.

I first tried WAIS software in March of 1993. I have dabbled with it regularly, and tried in earnest to master it over the past three weeks. I have yet to retrieve a unique or especially helpful information item with this software.


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