[svlug] ESR's .sig

Chris Waters xtifr at dsp.net
Fri May 26 12:41:13 PDT 2000

dfox at belvdere.vip.best.com writes:

> > Name+email only is not.  Furthermore, the referenced "rules" here are
> > inconsistent.  They recommend putting your phone# and other peripheral
> > info in header lines instead of the .sig.  Now that's fine, but in

> There's no standard for header lines like 'X-Name' and 'X-CallMeNow' or
> whatever. That's a problem.

Well, there's a standard that says you can add whatever headers you
want that start with "X-".  So it's not a very *big* problem.

If you normally suppress the display of extra headers, it can be
informative and often amusing to spot-check the headers once in a
while, especially on lists with lots of geeks.  

If you have a truly flexible mail reader, it is often a good idea to
suppress only specific known-to-be-boring headers (a list you can add
to as time passes), so that you see the weird and entertaining headers
some people add to their messages.  

The problem is really that a lot of so-called "modern" mailreaders
don't give you exact control over which headers you display.
Flexibility and configurability are apparently not "modern" features.
Being a complete dummy who needs a programmer to make all your choices
for you is apparently the "modern" way.  And for programmers, the
"modern" way seems to be to reinvent the wheel without examining the
designs of the best wheels of the past.

"Hey, it looks pretty, and requires a mouse, who cares if it's
useful?  It's modern!"  :-)

I really lament the number of supposedly-modern mailreaders that don't
support the X-face header.  That was one of the first nifty graphical
features for email.

Chris Waters   xtifr at dsp.net | I have a truly elegant proof of the
      or    xtifr at debian.org | above, but it is too long to fit into
http://www.dsp.net/xtifr     | this .signature file.

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