So tell me, faithful citizens of the net – Microsoft’s Office 12 beta, and its new interface: does it make it any easier/more obvious to apply consistent paragraph styles, or will the average user continue to do everything with the bold, italics, underline and bigger/smaller buttons? As a trivial example, is the Modify Style command set still modal?
I’m guessing that it’s been so long now, we’re kinda stuck with nobody knowing how to use a word processor properly. Which annoys me intensely. Much to my disgust, all the new-fangled AJAXy online word processors I’ve seen borrow the buttons-for-character-styles approach, to the exclusion of paragraph styles entirely.
This is, I believe, a débâcle. We’re twenty years into the WYSIWYG world, and still an overwhelming majority of users don’t know how to do basic formatting. This drives me up the wall.