At 11:12 AM 11/8/95 +0100, you wrote:
>> In addition, a file which seems to be free format MUST be free-format for
>> real, or else, it's a disaster in the making.
>Why? It's not like people are going to reformat the message before
>sending it. They're simply going to fill in the blanks...
Peopel will use editors with word-wrap, or will replace variables with
change the line lengths and make "aesthetic" rearrangements. It's human nature.
>> Whe not a menu-style config setup/edit script instead? Then the rest
>> of us can use terse config files and our favorite editors...
>Uh, hello? This is *email*, remember? The king of store-and-forward?
>It *ain't* interactive.
There's no reason the editing and/or generation of a configuration *shouldn't*
be interactive, AS AN OPTION.
>The sharp readers among you will note that with little effort, that
>config document could be converted into a (gasp!) web form. Plus, as
>those who have configured a Netscape server know, there are two ways
>of configuring a server: Verbose, with docs about every parameter
>right next to the parameter, and Terse, with just a list of
>parameters. That's where this is headed.
We already HAVE "docs about every parameter right next to the parameter";
they're just not very good.
Besides, who's got time or access to use a browser for this jazz?! It's
not like it's the Unified Interface...
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