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  • To: 'Arjun Ray' <aray@nyct.net>, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Subject: Turn Off Automatic Script Activation In Outlook (WAS RE: [xml-dev] Painful USA Today article (was RE: [xml-dev] ANN: R ESTTutorial))
  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 14:31:08 -0500

It should be OFF by default.  Think about how 
Installation scripts default to DON'T ACCEPT 
so the user has to take an action that signifies 
taking the risk.   That is one of those 
system designer decisions where the designer is 
wise in the ways of the culture and does the right 
thing in the best interest of the customer and 
the community at large.  If all we have to do 
to slow this down is get MS to set it off by 
default, that seems like a low cost high yield 

Dang if it is that easy (is it?), I would think 
someone would have reacted to Gate's security 
memo to his guys with a simple raised hand saying, "Heck, 
we could just set the default to Off in Outlook?" 
It won't solve the whole problem but some progress 
is progress.


-----Original Message-----
From: Arjun Ray [mailto:aray@nyct.net]

"Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com> wrote:

| Now why not turn that feature off given the disasters created 
| by leaving it on?

Because the entire point of a non-feature is to have it turned on by
default.  This maximizes the propagation of stupidity.


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