Discuss: Request for OSI approval

Chris Knight cknight at ghostwheel.com
Fri Apr 26 14:28:26 UTC 2002

At 12:43 AM 4/26/2002 -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
>on Fri, Apr 26, 2002, Chris Knight (cknight at ghostwheel.com) wrote:
> > At 09:36 PM 4/25/2002 -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
> > >Quoting Russell Nelson (nelson at crynwr.com):
> > >Personal opinion, but very widely held:  HTML in e-mail is obnoxious.
> > >It should be confined to the Web.
> >
> > It was an attachment, not the body of the email.  Even a purist can't
> > complain about that, unless they have a poorly configured mail client
> > that in-lined an attachment.
>To the contrary.  Discussing licenses often means focusing tightly on
>specific clauses.  The ability to do this in manner that presents the
>content uniformly to all recipients of a list, supports "reply below
>quoted" responses, and doesn't leave the reader subject to vagueries of
>interpretation of nonstandard charactersets, is a boon to the license
>submitter.  This is my own strongly held and frequently expressed
>opinion.  It's not part of the OSI guidelines (last I checked), but
>IMVAO ought to be.

Thank you.  This is a rational and understandable reason for posting a 
text-only version to the list.  It certainly makes more sense than "HTML 
belongs on the Web", which doesn't take into account that hypertext existed 
as a document format long before 'the web'.

>You've now engaged yourself in a fight with the group whose assistance
>you're seeking in having your license reviewed.  Bad form.

I found the first reply to my OSI approval request to be insulting.  I felt 
that was bad form, and did not speak well for the discussion process as a 
whole.  I have also received private support for my comments, so I do not 
believe I have engaged myself in a fight with 'the group'.


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