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Re: XML e-mail (was: RE: security problem in emailing HTML)

From: Arjun Ray <aray@q2.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 01:52:45 -0500 (EST)
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.9912130146330.1482-100000@mail.q2.net>


On Thu, 9 Dec 1999, Stephanos Piperoglou wrote:

> On Thu, 9 Dec 1999, Bart Szyszka wrote:
> 

> > HTML in e-mail is useful if you're subscribed to a newletter like 
> > Wired.com's or CNet.com's.
> 
> That's not necessarily true. And anyway, these newsletters could just
> as easily be sent as attachments in HTML.

Yep.

> Maybe a nice, simple, clean XML DTD for e-mail would be nice. Just a
> few elements[...]

For preparation, perhaps.  For storage and/or archiving, certainly a good
idea.  For normal correspondence, it's shares the same bad idea with
(pseudo)HTML - it presumes too much about what the recipient is -ah-
"supposed" to have.  So, if the XML version does exist, "down-translate"
it to text/plain for delivery, and make the original available by some
other means, e.g. a URL in the Mime headers.


Arjun
Received on Monday, 13 December 1999 01:25:38 GMT

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