Jargons of Info Tech industry

Steven D'Aprano steve at REMOVETHIScyber.com.au
Mon Oct 10 00:49:32 CEST 2005

On Sun, 09 Oct 2005 19:28:31 +0000, Roedy Green wrote:

> On Sun, 09 Oct 2005 20:54:32 +1000, Steven D'Aprano
> <steve at REMOVETHIScyber.com.au> wrote or quoted :
>>Only if your photos are so obscure and confusing that they need captions.
> That is a hair shirt approach.  What if someone is sending photos of
> their new house? 

Oh gosh, pictures of a new house. Why didn't you say so??? If you're
sending pictures named "my_new_house1.jpg" etc then OF COURSE they have
to be imbedded in a HTML email, otherwise how could anyone know what they

> What if I am sending diagrams to help someone repair
> their computer? It is ridiculous to tie people's arms behind their
> backs.  What you do instead is work to prevent abuse.  Captions in and
> of themselves are not dangerous things.

I didn't say they were. Obviously you haven't been reading my emails,
just reacting against them mindlessly. I use a mail client that gives
me the choice of displaying or not displaying HTML emails. If there is no
alternative to HTML, then I may _choose_ to render the HTML.

But there is always an alternative. You can always send me a Word
document, a PDF, an Powerpoint presentation showing the steps one per
page, why the possibilities are endless.

You could even send me a URL to a webpage.


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