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Clearly your app (a cool idea, btw) is aimed at a specialized audience, which raises a key question: In addition to the relatively limited/niche audience of *nix users in academia, do you also want it to be used by average high school/college students & teachers? The other 98% of computer users have expectations for how a Mac/Windows/iOS/Android ...


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There are many potential advantages of a native UI over a web app but they are getting fewer as web apps are gaining more functionality, and it comes down to a trade-off analysis. The biggest advantage is a more direct access to the OS, especially the file system. For example, it is problematic to store large amounts of data on the client side in a web ...


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It sounds like your dad is at least familiar with how to use a mouse (i.e. clicking the same link multiple times) This is a good place to start as I have seen people try and use a mouse for the first time and it is amazing how awkward a mouse can be to a first time user. This is why I think it is much easier to use the internet on a tablet for people who ...


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The space bar is the easiest button to press repeatedly, given that it is in the center-ish of a standard keyboard, and is also the biggest button. Also, it is not difficult to prevent the default scrolling action.


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Desktop notifications are far preferable, even on platforms where the current implementation isn't to your taste. Browser alerts are terrible UX. They break things like drag-and-drop operations, they have the standard problems of modal dialogs, users close them without reading them, and there's no way to defer the notification. A one-time authorisation ...



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