user-friendly graphics languages

Michael D. Doyle (
Sun, 24 Jul 1994 18:38:18 -0700

> Actually, what we need are good graphical design tools. I have yet to
> see an "English-like" language that an average person can actually
> use successfully without a fair bit of frustration. (And yes, I've
> played with a lot of them.)

Several years ago I spent a couple of years teaching animation and
multimedia programming to medical illustration students. I decided to use
the Grasp animation language for this purpose and found it easy to learn by
VERY computer UNsavvy students. I was amazed at the complex applications
and simulations that these students were able to come up with. I'm just
bringing this up to illustrate that our task is not impossible.

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