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    explaining why the map turns in a navigation app



    Child: Why is the map moving?

    Parent:
    1. The map is moving because it is shifting its view so that it always shows the direction we are going.

    2. The map turned because we turned. It has to do that so that it shows the same direction we are seeing on the road.

    3. The map moved to show us the new direction we are facing.

    4. The map moved because we did a turn. We are that little arrow on the screen. If Waze made the arrow turn and kept the map in place, it will be difficult to see where we're headed. It turned the map instead so that the arrow, which is us, will still be facing the same direction we are facing.

    5. The map turned because it is programmed to show what we're supposed to see on the road. We did a turn, so it shifted.

    Which is best?

    Which are problematic?

    Suggestions are welcome.
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    Re: explaining why the map turns in a navigation app

    How old is the child, and how bright?

    PS: "If Waze made the arrow turn [...], it would be difficult to see ..."
    "If Waze makes the arrow turn [...], it will be difficult to see ..."

    This is an important pattern for everyone to learn.

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    Re: explaining why the map turns in a navigation app

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    How old is the child, and how bright?
    He's three and can tell his left from his right. He still couldn't quite control his remote control car. Keeps on hitting things.
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    Re: explaining why the map turns in a navigation app

    I would say: The map follows us as we move, to bring up through the route we are going.

    I think No.4 is long-winded and confusing. The map moves even if we don't turn.
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    Re: explaining why the map turns in a navigation app

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I would say: The map follows us as we move, to bring up through the route we are going.
    What exactly does the highlighted words mean? I understand to bring up the route, but why through?
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    Re: explaining why the map turns in a navigation app

    Sorry, there was a typo in the sentence. It should read:

    The map follows us as we move, to bring us through the route we are going.
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