". . . unless detail is placed into a
structured pattern, it is rapidly forgotten." Jerome
Bruner, Professor of Psychology at Harvard The
Process of Education Harvard University Press
Cambridge 1960. p 24.
Massive simplification has been achieved in the
way complicated information is explained to users. It involves
arranging information in a new type of format which, unlike text,
displays chunks of information directly connected in easily seen scenario
patterns. This lets users see at a glance all the valid patterns
of explanation that exist for a complex subject.
The new formatís main attribute is that it is astonishingly user
friendly. This means it is also friendly for the person doing the
explaining -- the system manager, or owner, or maintainer.
By format, I mean a pattern of
arrangement aside from the information contained in the pattern. Empty
crossword puzzles are an easily recognized format, for example. Flow
charts and baseball diamonds are also familiar formats. Ordinary text
sentence form is familiar but unfriendly: Its line-like form does not
show readers where alternate lines of thought branch -- their form is
only implied. Different
kinds of patterns are needed to accommodate multiple conditions or situations or choices. Such forms
and connections are the business of logic. 'Logic' is one of FLIPP's
Field of 11 top-down patterns
Scenarios in the new
format, on the other hand, do split and overlap in "logic
They become maps of logic. The patterns for a given subject form a
rectangular field filled with different size frames. All explanations
that make any system work are shown in top-down paths that overlap.
Readers simply select the explanation path that addresses the conditions
being faced in real life. Millions of paths may be involved in
explaining a single subject. Logically complex patterns form easily-traced patterns
without words, names, or special symbols to represent them. All
starting points are grouped together; all ending points are grouped
together. These are the connections to other modules. Compared to text and,
it appears, all other formats, this is massive simplification for readers.
Most disciplines -- modern symbolic logic and mathematics, for example
-- use textís linear format and so, are bound by its limits. This means
most disciplines are candidates for simpler explanations with the new
method. This suggests massively broad application.
This collection of papers describes how the new format works; how it
compares with other formats; where it has been used; what users have
said about their experience with it; and how to construct the diagrams.
Users claim that clarity (understanding) and efficiency (time) and
environment (attitudes) are improved with the
new method. The overall result is that user reaction has been
universally positive. Environments for learning, planning, and
cooperation are changed, according to user comments. The method allows
one to be surprisingly friendly and clearly logical, first-time through, to oneís readers.