[issue9362] Make exit/quit hint more novice friendly
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Fri Jul 23 21:24:03 CEST 2010
New submission from Alexander Belopolsky <belopolsky at users.sourceforge.net>:
This bikeshed have been repainted several times already, but here is a true story.
Me = myself
Novice = a 14-year-old boy
Laptop = a MacBook Air
Novice: How do i exit [from python prompt]?
Me: What's your best guess?
Novice: [typing] exit [pressing Enter]
Laptop: Use exit() or Ctrl-D (i.e. EOF) to exit
Novice: [typing] Ctrl...
Me: OMG, you don't know what Ctrl-D means? Look for the Ctrl key.
Novice: There is no such key.
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I suggest changing
Use exit() or Ctrl-D (i.e. EOF) to exit
Type exit() or quit() and press the Enter key to exit
Type exit() or quit() and press Enter to exit
Use exit() to exit
My theory is that someone who knows what EOF is, will probably already know how to exit from common terminal oriented programs and Ctrl-D is not universally bound to EOF.
TOOWTDI: two ways to exit is more than enough to teach a novice.
assignee: docs at python
nosy: belopolsky, docs at python
title: Make exit/quit hint more novice friendly
type: feature request
versions: Python 3.2
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