[Mailman-Users] Several problems, including Membership Management page

Barry A. Warsaw bwarsaw at cnri.reston.va.us
Fri Sep 3 17:23:26 CEST 1999

>>>>> "RJ" == Ron Jarrell <jarrell at vt.edu> writes:

    RJ> Barry, I think this is more of a user bug than a mailman bug;
    RJ> or perhaps a user interface design problem... Having (thanks
    RJ> to the begining of the month letter going out) had 4 similar
    RJ> problems from users in the last 24 hours, I think I can
    RJ> comment on this.  The problem, at least for me, is the use of
    RJ> O's, L's, and I's in the passwords... In certain fonts
    RJ> (including, it seems, the one Eudora wants to use by default,
    RJ> Arial, which a lot of Windows machines use for Lots of things,
    RJ> you can barely tell capital O and zero 0 apart.  And it's
    RJ> *impossible* to tell capital I from lowercase L.  In a serif
    RJ> font Il are obviously different; in Arial they're two
    RJ> sticks...

    RJ> Perhaps if mailman avoided generating passwords with o's or
    RJ> i's, just in case?

I vaguely remember that someone provided a patch to improve the
automatic selection of passwords, and specifically addressed this
issue.  I'll have to see if I can dig up that patch -- it's probably a 
good idea.


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