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Date: Tue Jul 02 2002 - 01:48:48 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 103.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2002 06:43:17 +0100
             From: Patricia Galloway <galloway@gslis.utexas.edu>
             Subject: Re: 16.092 detachment from attachments

    What cost transparency, Francois? The complete loss of documents of
    record that are increasingly sent by email attachment in a plethora of
    forms that cannot be managed or permanently retained in digital form by
    the recepients without investment in software and personnel. If W3C
    would come up with two or three classes of email of increasing formality
    and security so that performative speech acts could be transmitted
    according to a universal email standard, this problem could be
    eliminated. RFC822 (and RFC2822) forces people to enact serious speech
    acts in attachments because they are unwilling to enact them within the
    standard (which is a social problem, but not one that will go away soon

    Pat Galloway
    Graduate School of Library and Information Science
    University of Texas-Austin

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