[linux-elitists] DoD and standards.

James Sparenberg james@linuxrebel.org
Tue Dec 26 16:05:27 PST 2006


On Tuesday 26 December 2006 05:47, Jeff Kinz wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 24, 2006 at 07:35:44PM -0800, James Sparenberg wrote:
> > As a number of people on this mailing list could well be in a position to
> > promote standards compliance, and may always need current
> > ammunition to argue against the PHB's of the world.  This bit of news has
> > come across my desktop that I feel could be useful in promoting standards
> > compliance and the value of such.
> >
> > It seems that the DoD has decided to actively block all HTML e-mail.
> > Additionally questioning the continued use of outlook and it's siblings. 
> > If the DoD moves this way the rest of government (in the US) won't be far
> > behind.  NASA and the NSA are two others that to the best of my knowledge
> > in part or whole also practice active blocking of HTML e-mail
> >
> > http://www.fcw.com/article97178-12-22-06-Web
>
> Hi James,
> I saw that too, but I don't understand your position. Are you saying
> that HTML email is a violation of standards, or that blocking HTML email
> is a violation of standards?  (personally I would prefer that HTML email
> didn't exist, but that's wishful thinking on my part)
>
> I guess I'm missing how you think this news would be useful in promoting
> standards since I'm note sure what standard it couls be used to promote
> enforcing.  I've not had my coffee yet so could you clear it up for
> someone who's gearbox clearly hasn't kicked in yet? :)
>
> Jeff Kinz

I'm saying that html e-mail is the violator of standards and the fact than an 
entity as large as the DoD is seeing this and moving towards standards it 
could help in promoting the standards (of e-mail).  

Sorry if I'm unclear... 

James




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