[Taxacom] Matrix based versus dichotmous - thank you Kevin for the correction
Timothy M. Jones
TPolonski at adelphia.net
Wed Aug 30 21:11:12 CDT 2006
Considering that the today's generation was "born with mice" -
interactive keys are merely a logical progression. They get people
involved - as they know how to do this already.
Point and click. Google the unknown bit of vocabulary. Enter more
data.....it may seem like cheating as they do not have to remember leads
but they do not use white-out either.
Plus they have the benefit of time. Determinations may happen rapidly,
allowing for repetition. During this repetition they repeat the use of
the required anatomy, morphology and the word they just googled.
J.B., you also have the benefit of the many on line tree keys in many
different formats right now.
Delta format -
Key to North Carolina Piedmont- Stephen M. Seiberling, Alan S.
Weakley,and Peter S. White
A phenomenal work.
Sliks format -
Magnoliaceae by Stinger Guala
Interactive key to the woody plants of Minnesota by George Weiblen &
An Interactive Key of Common Iowa Trees by Paul Wray
And as Kevin has already gotten his Lucid plug in, I will leave it at
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