Wednesday, November 5, 2003
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All About Outliners

Ted Goranson has completed a comprehensive discussion of outliners for ATPM (part 1 | part 2).

Goranson's discussion lists nearly every "feature" that outliners possess, or could possess -- good, bad, indifferent, and irrelevant. This is, of course, the favorite vice of magazine reviewers, and back when computer magazines mattered it led to absurd feature wars. Software companies would add badly thought-out and badly implemented features, one after another, just to make sure their product got more checkmarks than the competition. The result, of course, was blight: one huge program with lots of features, no coherence, no competitor, and no further development. Word, or Internet Explorer.

But, just this once, I'd make an exception: Goranson's list of features is so comprehensive and intelligent that it makes a real contribution.