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Thu 3 Sep 2009, 09:37 AM
I must start by saying that I am in no way meaning this to poke fun at 12 step programs, many of which are wonderful aids to those seeking help. from one problem or another.  It is just that as I continue working on both my evaluation of Notes/Domino 8.5.1 (Beta Refresh 8), and simultaneously working on a rather interesting announcement regarding CoexEdit, I keep running into a dialog box which sounds suspiciously like the first step in Alcoholics Anonymous and the other 12 step programs:

1.   We admitted we were powerless over rich text editing on the web—that our lives had become unmanageable. 

OK, that is not really what it says, but read the dialog, which appears when you save a document in the spiffy new Discussion database template from a web browser (using the integrated Dojo web editor), or at least any document with almost any complexity such as a table.  After reading the dialog box, can't you hear the step I wrote above in your head?

Hmm, I wonder if we could get IBM to think about the traditional second step...

2.   Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

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