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HOW OTHER FORMATS COMPARE WITH EXPLAINERS

None of the following explanation methods have the same properties as FLIPP Explainers. While a single difference is listed for most methods for example, "Use 20+ symbols," but in most cases (as is true for flow charts) multiple differences exist.

Regular Text ................... Does not identify chunks for reasoning, user paths, starting points, or endpoints.
Speech ........................... Uses (linear) text form. No visual patterns are displayed, nothing for listener to re-explain with later.
Flowcharts ..................... Use 20+ symbols which must be learned.
Critical path charts........... User scenarios are not displayed.
Matrices and tables... User scenarios are not displayed.
Decision trees.................. User scenarios are not displayed. Branches don’t rejoin.
Truth tables..................... User scenarios are not displayed.
Lewin’s Force fields........ User scenarios are not displayed.
Venn diagrams................ User scenarios are not displayed.
Idea maps (webbing)....... User scenarios are not displayed.
Sheet music..................... User scenarios are displayed. Symbols must be learned.
Chess boards.................. User scenarios are not displayed. Movement is determined by the rules defined into each type of piece, not by information from the board.
Road maps...................... Road maps do not differentiate useful from not-useful paths; they do not specify starting points, ending points, or direction of movement -- all things which Flipp Explainers do provide.
Chemical formulas........... User scenarios are not displayed. Often use text form. Symbols must be learned.
Mathematical formulas..... User scenarios are not displayed. Often use text form. Symbols must be learned.
Modern Symbolic Logic.. User scenarios are not displayed.  Uses linear text form. Symbols must be learned. Symbols are often used for both connection and content, an added task for users to cope with.  Works well with computers, however, where single precise definitions can be assigned.§
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