chapter  8
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The production process

A design objective which was common to many early desktop applications was the emulation of the traditional approach to whatever function the application was offering, be that typing a letter, painting a picture or designing a newsletter layout. Whatever the application, the emphasis was on creating a desktop metaphor. It is only some years later, as these applications begin to mature, that we are seeing the emergence of features which set these applications apart from their traditional counterparts, as developers discover and exploit features and functions which are uniquely digital.