From the Interface Hall of Shame

The program, Woodworkers

Estimate Helper provides a classical

example of geekspeak.

A pull down menu that said database > Wood database, Clear quantities> Wood database, Items database

The program is “designed for

woodworkers and cabinet makers”,

and purports to assist in the process of calculating price quotes for their projects.

Unfortunately the program uses such programming terminology as “Databases”, “Records”, and, if the user attempts to enter a duplicate part name, presents the message “Key Validation Error”.

While we do not mean to disparage any woodworkers, we can quite confidently state that the typical woodworker has essentially no practical understanding of such terms, nor should they be required to.

Is it any wonder that many new users are intimidated by computers?