The microblog: 2020.12.06 17:50:08

2020.12.06 17:50:08 (1335627598328565760) from Daniel J. Bernstein, replying to "Wouter (@Wouter_jo)" (1335626030095142915):

I covered this in the blog post: "Microsoft Word isn't completely missing abstractions, but these abstractions are competing for user-interface resources against features encouraging the user to work at lower abstraction layers ... pushing users into doing something simpler" etc.

2020.12.06 18:03:51 (1335631047992561664) from Daniel J. Bernstein:

The most obvious aspect of this competition is the user-interface decision to emphasize what the document currently looks like. The user ends up almost completely blind to abstractions that are planning for revisions of the document. LaTeX does a much better job of showing those.