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How beginners interpret error messages
- To: Bug-Emacs%MIT-OZ@MIT-MC.ARPA, Bug-Zwei%MIT-OZ@MIT-MC.ARPA
- Subject: How beginners interpret error messages
- From: Henry Lieberman <Henry%MIT-OZ@MIT-MC.ARPA>
- Date: Tuesday, 18 October 1983, 16:02-EDT
I thought you might be amused by this:
I recently introduced a beginner to Emacs. She accidentally
typed two escapes before trying to find a file with C-F C-X
and got the error message "Not top level -- can't hack files".
She thought that the computer was insulting her, telling her
that she wasn't a top notch hacker, and therefore wasn't
good enough to be hacking files.