Sorting it all Out Michael Kaplan's random stuff of dubious value Be sure to read the disclaimer here first!
Yesterday and today, we had some customers who were visiting, to meet with people and talk about various international issues and features in Microsoft products.
One of the groups they wanted to talk to was some of the smart folks over on the Office team. I went along because you never know when I will get to hear about stuff that I might not have heard otherwise. Plus Chris Pratley was going to be there and I had not seen him in a long time. I figured it would be good to go and make sure he was still alive (and not virtual at this point like the Rachel Roberts character in S1m0ne). And I am happy to report that he was there. :-)
We also talked a bit about a few of the interesting features that exist in Word. Maybe you knew some of them. They are:
Now each of these issues can cause problems since these stealth changes do not always have consequences that are intuitive for users.
They will wonder why the language tags or the fonts or the keyboard layout is changing when they have not asked explicitly for anything to be changed.
Or why the keyboard will not do in Word what it will do everywhere else (especially if the made the keyboard themselves in MSKLC!).
Sometimes, in fact, some of these rules can conflict with each other. Which can be even less intuitive!
The answer to such complaints is that the road to intuitive application behavior is paved with options that some people do not consider to be all that inuitive. Not everyone understands every feature in Word, after all....
Though I often do my best to turn them off. I prefer behavior that is a bit more deterministic for the case of custom dates with competing settings using the switches. If you know what I mean....
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Now I am not a stranger to keyboard shortcuts -- in fact if you look at posts like these , you might
(Apologies for the Colbert reference!) It all started with a post from Pavanaja U B over in the microsoft.public.word.international.features
I was at the Pacific NW Access Developers Group meeting last night and was talking to one of the testers
Stu and I have a semi-regular debate going these days about an issue that I have covered a bunch of times
Some prior posts on this topic: 28 Dec 2004 "To start press the ALTGR key." Hmm... where's the ALTGR
Some prior stabs on this topic: 28 Dec 2004 "To start press the ALTGR key." Hmm... where's the ALTGR