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08 Feb 2000 14:48:16 -0500
sungod <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Once again, this is all purely hypothetical and even a bit
> oversimplified, but selecting which parts of email documents get
> treated which ways by which mail agents seems to be a task that the
> flexible, hierarchical Extensible Markup Language would excel at.
I see only one functional benefit you would get over using MIME,
signing and encrypting headers in a natural way. Other than that,
everything you mentioned can be done _now_. It's just done in a more
So, what else would you gain from this? You'd suddenly need to add an
XML parser to every program which touched email. And I don't know how
many OSes come with an XML parsing library, so you'd end up having
multiple ones being installed and in memory on any given computer.
Sounds like a terrible cost if you aren't going to get much out of it.
Alan Shutko <email@example.com> - In a variety of flavors!
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.