[mailhist-discuss] FW: SIGCIS in Boston Magazine profile of "email inventor"
dhc at dcrocker.net
Sun Jun 3 05:31:17 PDT 2012
On 6/2/2012 3:37 PM, Thomas Haigh wrote:
> the term email by treating it as a contraction of “electronic
> mail,” whereas he thinks it has a very specific definition, until now
> secret, met only by a tiny subset of electronic mail systems.
This reminds that we should settle on a working definition of email.
There was some background discussion for Ton's article intended to be
published in the Post, and I'll let him re-post it here.
I'll offer my own:
An electronic message (email) is a collection of data, packaged to
specify one or more authors and specifying one or more recipients.
I think the concept of authors and recipients is primary. Otherwise,
it's a document. I don't think the nature of the content matters nor
that any other meta-data like Subject are essential. (I've previously
done some design that mapped between 'email' and 'document' and found it
useful for both. This derived from efforts in collaboration space.)
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