On 16 Feb 1996, John Schoonover wrote:
> My company would like to make commercial information, such as prices,
> available on a web page. There is, however, some concern that the
> information could be maliciously altered leading to damage to our
> reputation and perhaps to financial losses if we were obliged to
> provide services at a falsely advertised reduced price.
it is very hard to alter the data on a cdrom or read-only hard disk.
buy a disk that has a read-only/read-write jumper. updating the
information will be more difficult. you will have to down the host,
remove the jumper, change the data, rejumper the disk, bring up the host.
in order to release prices to the public on paper, the data is
vetted by someone in authority--not the typesetter. similarly, in electronic
publishing the data should be checked by someone in a position of
authority--not the webmaster.
the "difficulty" of updating the data on the web server is a
ps. please dont ask my employers position on this matter. i do not have
the authority to make a public statement on frb policy. public affairs
does that. ;)))