wendy: Um, possibly, but there’ll be lots of pictures on the internet that are easier to find
I put my laptop and mouse on the dining room table in front of mum. She pulled out her glasses and watched me type in search terms then helped me to change them. Mum learned about searching images while focussed on the actual images. She got very excited about how quick and easy it was to find the sort of thing she wanted. Her natural description of navigating the page focussed on the movement of the images, the focus of her interest, rather than the movement of the generic tool component (browser scroll bar):
mum “make the pictures go up” = wendy “scroll down the page“
Later that evening dad put mum’s own, ne’er used, laptop on his personal laptop table. Mum put on her glasses and sat next to him. They both searched for images of Ginger Rogers dancing. Mum didn’t touch the laptop but she effectively controlled it through conversation with Dad. Her language had changed. Mum had shifted to using directional language that mapped to the movement of the scroll-bar rather than the images. During our conversation she’d picked up a little of how I speak about things and incorporated it into her instructions to dad:
mum “move it down” = wendy “scroll down the page“
Mum and Dad were terribly cute discussing the dress design and it’s properties for dancing. They both love to research things….