Jargons of Info Tech industry

CBFalconer cbfalconer at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 25 10:15:25 CEST 2005

Mike Schilling wrote:
> "Mike Meyer" <mwm at mired.org> wrote in message
>> "Mike Schilling" <mscottschilling at hotmail.com> writes:
>>> "l v" <lv at aol.com> wrote in message
>>>> Xah Lee wrote:
>>>>> (circa 1996), and email should be text only (anti-MIME, circa 1995),
>>>> I think e-mail should be text only.  I have both my email and
>>>> news readers set to display in plain text only.  It prevents
>>>> the marketeers and spammers from obtaining feedback that my
>>>> email address is valid.  A surprising amount of information
>>>> can be obtained from your computer by allowing HTML and all
>>>> of it's baggage when executing on your computer. Phishing
>>>> comes to my mind first and it works because people click the
>>>> link without looking to see where the link really takes them.
>>> A formatting-only subset of HTML would be useful for both e-mail
>>> and Usenet posts.
>> Used to be people who wanted to send formatted text via email
>> would use rich text. It never really caught on. But given that
>> most of the people sending around formatted text are using
>> point-n-click GUIs to create the stuff, the main advantage of
>> HTML - that it's easy to write by hand - isn't needed.
> But the other advantage, that it's an existing and popular
> standard, remains.

However, for both e-mail and news, it is totally useless.  It also
interferes with the use of AsciiArt, while opening the recipient to
the dangers above.

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 the broken "Reply" link at the bottom of the article.  Click on 
 "show options" at the top of the article, then click on the 
 "Reply" at the bottom of the article headers." - Keith Thompson

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