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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 15:48:37 -0600
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On Jan 18, 2008, at 1:53 PM, Ed Barkmeyer wrote:
> I agree with Pat that the fact that some individuals lack taste is  
> not a reason for dispensing with HTML (or cars, or clothes).    (01)

I agree in general; HTML mail, used judiciously, can be very useful.   
But, until fairly recently, that wasn't the main problem with sending  
HTML mail to mailing lists.  The real problem lay in the fact that the  
bodies of *archived* msgs for mailing lists were simply displayed as  
raw text making HTML-formatted msgs nigh unreadable -- esp msgs that  
were sent packaged in the utterly ghastly HTML (still) spewed out by  
Microsoft MUAs.  Lately, however, archiving programs for the most part  
have gotten much smarter about preparing an archive for viewing on the  
web so that its msgs are properly rendered.  This is true in  
particular of the Ontolog archives, thankfully.    (02)

> P.S. The current crop of exploiters are not about selling your address
> book to porn spammers and Chinese retailers, or poisoning your machine
> operation, or sending you to their favorite advertisers.  The current
> technology searches your files for Tax Ids, and monitors your  
> keystrokes
> when you are connected to a financial site, or an online retailer's
> checkout sequence.  The Internet is more dangerous in 2008 than it was
> in 1998.  And active HTML, on a predictable unprotected platform, made
> all this possible.    (03)

Indeed.  I'm not above being an ideologue about OSes, but ideology  
aside, the virtual absence of this sort of malware on Mac and Linux  
platforms is perhaps the most powerful argument for switching to one  
or the other.    (04)

-chris    (05)

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