October 06, 2004

CLI vs GUI

Spotted today on Slashdot:

CLI is the equivalent of spoken or written language, and the GUI is the 
equivalent of pointing at something and grunting.

Spoken/written communication is much more powerful (easier, faster, more 
effective) when both parties understand the language, and the idea is a complex 
one ("I would like a job at your pie shop.")

Rudimentary communication is easier with point-and-grunt (answering the 
question "which pie would you like to purchase?" - you point to the one you 
want)

If the parties don't understand the same language, complex concepts are 
*much* harder. Learning to communicate by pointing is easier, but the true 
power of communication comes from spoken/written languages.

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Posted by Ben at October 6, 2004 11:44 AM
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