10.0884 junk mail? COCOA samples?

WILLARD MCCARTY (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Wed, 23 Apr 1997 21:12:17 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 884.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: Geoffrey Rockwell <grockwel@mcmaster.ca> (12)
Subject: Junk Mail

[2] From: "Gregory J. Murphy" <rejek@phoenix.Princeton.EDU> (19)
Subject: COCOA samples wanted

Date: Wed, 23 Apr 1997 10:27:23 -0500
From: Geoffrey Rockwell <grockwel@mcmaster.ca>
Subject: Junk Mail

Dear humanists,

I have been recieving an alarming amount of junk mail recently including
unsollicited subscriptions to e-mail newsletters that are really hardware
ads. Over the year it has gone from one such message a month to one every
other day. One note offered even to sell me millions of e-mail addresses
and the technology to use the list! I assume that, as it becomes easier to
buy such lists and spam the net, the problem will only get worse. Am I the
only one thus affected? What are you doing about it? Is it time to have a
"private" e-mail address or to learn how to use the filters in Eudora?


Geoffrey Rockwell

Date: Wed, 23 Apr 1997 11:33:42 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Gregory J. Murphy" <rejek@phoenix.Princeton.EDU>
Subject: COCOA samples wanted

Dear Humanists,

To help in the testing of a general purpose encoding conversion tool, I
am soliciting the contribution of snippits of any size of texts encoded
for the use of Tact or Micro OCP. I am especially interested in instances
of dense, complicated, or unusual encoding. I would also be interested in
snippits of Beta Code encoded texts which aren't owned by TLG or PHI
(which I could include as a sample in an eventual distribution).

My loftier goal was to design a general purpose tool for converting
languages that conform to a 'type 3' grammar (e.g. a regular language,
which can be described by a regular expression) into a language that
conforms to a 'type 2', or context-free, grammar, by adding hierarchical
information, in the form of tags, to the text. In practice, the tool
is at present only able to convert COCOA and Beta-Code encoded texts to
different flavors of SGML.

Please send pointers or attached texts to


Also, please indicate whether I may include the snippit in an eventual
distribution of the conversion tool, as a sample.


- Gregory Murphy