[Mailman-Developers] Re: Requirements for a new archiver
brad.knowles at skynet.be
Wed Oct 29 10:49:14 EST 2003
At 2:30 PM -0600 2003/10/28, David Champion wrote:
> Nobody needs web access: what they need is
> access via a web browser. With browsers that understand NNTP and IMAP
> prevalent, and with a wide selection of web-mail and web-news gateways
> for the cases where that doesn't work, this is sufficient.
You can't assume a homogenous client mix, one where a single
program does everything. There are way more phone users than there
are computer users, and the number of mobile phones in a growing
number of countries exceeds the number of fixed lines. Mobile access
to the web will be the next killer app. However, most of those
phones might have some sort of a browser, but e-mail support would be
from a separate program, and USENET news clients would be
You cannot assume a homogenous client mix. Moreover, you can't
assume broad support for less common protocols like IMAP or NNTP.
> 2. many people have IMAP software. Fewer have or understand how to use
> NNTP software.
Many more people have access to some sort of web browser than
they do some sort of IMAP client. If you're going to do
lowest-common-denominator, then IMAP loses.
Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles at skynet.be>
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