XSL Debate, Leventhal responds to Stephen Deach

andrew at greenehouse.com andrew at greenehouse.com
Mon Jun 14 10:26:53 BST 1999

The ultimate irony in this whole debate is that I found Michael's
latest email message well-nigh unreadable because of the way it was
"X-MIME-Autoconverted: from 8bit to quoted-printable by
towanda.citec.fi id CAA06003" -- characters converted to the =xx
format, wide lines wrapped so that very long and very short lines 
were alternating within a paragraph, often with words broken 
arbitrarily at column 74.

This is not a criticism of Michael -- I receive several email messages
a day that suffer from this problem. Most of them I delete out of
hand, but I would have liked to have been able to read Michael's
message, and I may still run it through perl to unmimify it.

My point is this: while we're "investing" all this time debating
whether CSS+DOM+ECMAscript or XSL is a better tool (personally, I want
both, each for its own problem domain), we can't even get universally
readable plain-text email.

Enough, already, let's get back to doing some real work!

[Speaking for myself, and not for Bitstream, and Lord knows not for
 any committees, working groups, consortia, cabals, illuminati, or

- Andrew Greene

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