Everyone in my lab and office are trained in 8-bit AppleWorks and an older version of MS Office, Win98, and DOS 6.22. On regular occasion we exercise working with paper filing and older technology.
And I suppose emulation is out of the question?
Not at all! But there are additional guidelines to follow:
The only thing you use from your "desktop" is the emulator program itself and the tools or dropdown boxes for getting a disk image into and out of that emulator. Each disk image should be on some sort of physical device to simulate the inconvenience of inserting and removing a real floppy. Think USB floppy, JumpDrive, SD card, or CD-R/W. If you keep your emulator disk images on your desktop, they need to be in separate folders and you must ad 10 seconds' time in between swapping disks to simulate physical actions associated with a floppy change.
To transfer a disk from one emulated computer to another emulated computer on a different physical machine you should again use a real USB floppy, JumpDrive, SD card, or CD-R/W.
No speedup tricks or unlimited framerates. No super-duper hires screens or multiple instances. No special tricks that the original machine couldn't do.
No network connection unless you're simulating a modem or telenet - and then it must operate at retro speeds like 300/1200 baud. If you can't do that, then you need to calculate out the length of time it would take to do a transfer and then not use the computer until that time elapses.
You can have your emulator dump printed material through a modern-day printer. But again, you must not use the computer until a certain time has passed. The amount of time you have to wait would be the equivalent to the amount of time a dot-matrix printer would take to do the same job. No instant 5-second laser printer blasts permitted! You can use whatever facility your desktop offers for printing, i.e. you need to load a word processor or .PDF editor to print the emulator's output.
No specialized input devices allowed to be used in the emulator, like mice or digitizers, scanners or other stuff; unless the original machine supported that functionality. But of course you can use a mouse to facilitate disk image changes and pull-down menu operation.
You are not allowed to switch emulated machine configurations once you being. Just like in the old days, you had to take things apart to add memory and accelerator cards and chips. If you do, then you must set aside time and money to simulate the hassle and expense of a hardware upgrade.
You can use a simulated HDD image if the original hardware supported hard drives. Your image should be sized ahead of time. You should also use the emulator and original-machine-native tools to add information to the image.