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Le 2010-10-28 12:38, Johannes Bausch a écrit :
I really like the idea. Many new people (children) who start working
with an office suite don't know what tabs are (well, at least that's
what I encountered). Seeing them as dynamic whitespace like this would
be a great help. Maybe this could be enhanced even further: why not
making it rescalable with the mouse, and, while you do it, a line
indicator showing your current position on the ruler shows up? When
you release your mouse key, the ruler hides again. This could then be
enhanced even further by making snap points in the ruler.
An office suite should work intuitively. We're working more and more
with the mouse; tabs have never been the best idea for people who work
not so frequently with word or writer.

I agree with this. I still find it amazing that my grade 8 students are still unaware of the use of "tabs" in wordprocessing. They are aware of the Alt-tab cycling of windows but not in document writing. The same can be said for creating tables.

I also agree with Johannes, that if the students had this option, or even better, if teachers had this option for the younger student, it would be a great tool to use to explore the world of tabs. Kids are very visual and react quite favourably with visual objects.


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