c o m p u t e r
m e t a p h o r s

Just a few examples of metaphors used in computing:

* computer applications use a window metaphor

* "surf the net"

* go to such and such a site -- when we "go to" a Web site in Japan, do we really get on a plane and fly there?

* copy, paste, and cut text

* throw a file into the trash can

* move a file from one folder to another -- the file doesn't move, the pointer does

* "guides" that help us with routine tasks and hide us from the computer's complexity

Erica Jean Seidel