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    Re: Afm 51-40
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2010 Oct 27, 21:37 -0700

    Gary, you wrote:
    "Well, now the links are showing up as clickable links in my browser on the website, A good development but mysterious."

    LOL, Gary. It's likely that *YOU* did that on your end. I haven't touched a thing in the (active) NavList code in weeks. :)

    All sorts of different "agents" work to modify NavList messages and web pages. Email software with user-modifiable settings, my processing software, web browsers with more settings, and still other software will modify the appearance of layout, fonts, clickable features, etc. especially when copied from one to another (for example, when you reply to an email and your email software includes the entire message you are replying to at the bottom, the copied version is frequently marked up differently from the original and may include clickable links, kindly inserted by your email software). And sometimes a "convenience" for one user becomes an inconvenience for another. For example, many software packages have begun making telephone numbers "clickable" since so many people are now browsing the web from mobile phones or from computers that are set up for telephony. My phone does this to every web site I visit, and it really is convenient. That's great, until it's not, as George Huxtable discovered a few months ago when some browser add-on converted his tables of numbers into clickable phone numbers. For every convenience, there is a cost. Next you'll see "smilies" converted into graphics (not by me, but by some web browser you use). These little text-based emoticons have been around for decades. I first encountered them in 1991 and I distinctly remembering asking someone online if there was a bug since some of their sentences ended with a colon and a close parenthesis :). Well, there are software designers out there who are determined to make "smilies" more convenient so that no one will ever have to ask that question again, and so they are displaying them as little yellow smile graphics like that miserable thing from the 70s, while others are turning them into smiling robots and space aliens (that's what happens on Android phones today). Ahh, progress. See, this is why we went to the Moon...!


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