How did people here learn GUIs

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Mon Jul 18 21:53:41 UTC 2016

I transitioned from ms-dos to windows 3.1 on the job with zero extra 
training resources and zero support from management.  It took me about a 
year to do it too.

On Mon, 18 Jul 2016, Sam Hartman wrote:

> Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:47:51
> From: Sam Hartman <hartmans at>
> Reply-To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> To: Cheryl Homiak <cah4110 at>
> Cc: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> Subject: Re: How did people here learn GUIs
>>>>>> "Cheryl" == Cheryl Homiak <cah4110 at> writes:
>    Cheryl> But my experiences with all three gui systems - linux, Mac
>    Cheryl> and Windows - are each quite different from each other in a
>    Cheryl> lot of ways. On the one hand, I don't think learning one
>    Cheryl> helps a lot with the others as far as screenreader and
>    Cheryl> layout goes but on the other hand I don't recall ever
>    Cheryl> getting confused between how to work on each of the three.
> u
> For me, Mac really helped learn Windows 2000.  At least once I Figured
> out that  unlike JAWS for DOS, alt brought up the menu bar rather than
> silencing speech.  O, that was so frustrating.
> I've found that Gnome3 and modern Mac seem to have a lot in common and I
> find that one helped me with the other.  Not so much in screen reader
> usage, but in terms of knowing what to expect where and how to find
> things.
> I also think windows 8 feels a lot more Mac/Gnome like than say Windows
> 7.
> Windows 8 did take a bit to get used to.
> --Sam
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