[Tutor] Highlighting instructions: pedagogical preferences

Max Noel maxnoel_fr at yahoo.fr
Mon Apr 25 18:20:44 CEST 2005

On Apr 25, 2005, at 17:03, André Roberge wrote:

> I'm writing a program "interpreter" which has two windows: a program 
> editing window and a program output window.
> The interpreter can either step through the program automatically, at 
> a slow pace, or step through the program one instruction at a time, as 
> the user "clicks" on a "step button".
> The instructions being executed are highlighted one by one.
> Question: should the highlighted instruction be the one that has just 
> been executed, or the one that is about to be executed (when the user 
> clicks on the step button, for example)?

	That probably isn't what you're asking for, but my vote would go to 
"both". In different colors/tones, of course (for example, highlight in 
blue the instruction that is about to be executed, and in grey the one 
that has just been).
	Lacking that, highlighting the instruction about to be executed makes 
more sense to me.

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