Re: Automatic Entry and Forms

Matthew James Marnell (marnellm@portia.portia.com)
Tue, 27 Feb 1996 04:46:32 -0500


Message-Id: <199602270946.EAA25785@portia.portia.com>
To: Adam Jack <ajack@corp.micrognosis.com>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Automatic Entry and Forms 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Mon, 26 Feb 1996 09:55:36 EST."
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Date: Tue, 27 Feb 1996 04:46:32 -0500
From: Matthew James Marnell <marnellm@portia.portia.com>

:>On Sun, 25 Feb 1996, Matthew James Marnell wrote:
:>
:>> It's a pity that we have to dumb
:>> everything down so that the user who doesn't know how to use
:>> copy and paste or keyboard macros can fill in a form.
:>>
:>So - do you copy-n-paste SMTP header fields from a text file or do 
:>you allow your e-mail tool to automatically fill in the fields 
:>with 'reply to'? ;)
:>

Cute, but no.  I use a Tcl/Tk based mail reader based on MH, and if
it doesn't grok what I want it to do, I can either modify the code
or cut and paste.  When I'm lazy, I cut and paste (Sometimes I don't
want the default effect of 'reply to's but haven't gotten around to
hacking the code, and most of the time the default behavior is what
I wanted anyway.

But that's neither here nor there.  99% of the time the person
on the other end of the email knows my name and email address
whether I want them to or not.  By hitting [Reply] I am not
unwittingly sending them any more info than they already know
or could find out through other means (ie, sendmail version which
they could also get through telnet).

So, apples and oranges.  I know you put a smily but too many times,
things said in jest on mailing lists and USENET, become rallying
cries for the misinformed.

/V\att