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RE: Text email newsletter standard

From: Patrick Lauke <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2004 11:17:26 -0000
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> From: Mike Brown

> has anyone come across, or used, the following text email newsletter 
> standard:
> http://www.headstar.com/ten/

Yes, stumbled across it a while ago

> If so, or even if you haven't but are able to look through, 
> how useful 
> do you think it is?

At its essence, it tries to add structural information of sorts to an inherently un-structured medium, plain text. I'll admit that I don't use it and haven't heard any user feedback about it, but I'd say that it's an interesting idea, as long as it's used consistently. However, I'm intrigued as to their decision to call it a "standard".

> Would the points outlined in the standard aid 
> accessibility?

Insofar as it adds pseudo-structural information, it's certainly useful to a certain extent. However, to my knowledge there are no tools that would then allow users to extract (or otherwise take advantage of) this structural information, which limits TEN's usefulness.

Oh, I see it's been mentioned on this list before and there are some very good points made in Jon Hanna's reply.

Patrick H. Lauke
Webmaster / University of Salford
Received on Wednesday, 8 December 2004 11:20:21 UTC

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