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It's a good case for out of line markup.  Sure it is stiff. 
It should only be used in situations where expression of 
intensionality is important.  Importance is relative 
and metadata is expensive.  Caveat vendor.

I had to see jokes and colloquialisms start flame wars 
on the old comp-text-sgml and VRML lists before I really 
understood the impacts of locale and situatedness.
Then I developed a thicker skin and quit caring. 
I'm much better now. ;-)

The real fun of it would be to feed the email threads 
with HumanML annotations to X3D-based avatars in a 
sort of ListWorld that could then simulate the 
discussions as if the players were face-to-face. 
A more revealing mirror one cannot imagine, and 
it would put the Osbournes and the fat blonde to 
shame. Finally a form of original entertainment 
would emerge from the WWW.


-----Original Message-----
From: Uche Ogbuji [mailto:uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com]

> HumanML.  Now you know why.
> Humans not only tolerate noise; they enjoy it.

You don't think tagged markup is a bit of a stiff solution for a mailing list?

I guess that would improve the much decried markup-to-mumbling ratio around 
here :-)


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