[rfc-i] not just 'lineprinter' (was Re: Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-flanagan-plaintext-00.txt)

John Levine johnl at taugh.com
Fri Jun 27 08:57:24 PDT 2014

>This use of 'lineprinter' as a tag for text presentation is a clever bit
>of distracting marketing.

I use 'lineprinter' because 'plain ASCII' is misleading.  ASCII is
just a character encoding.  There's nothing in ASCII that demands a
fixed pitch font, or 72 character lines, or headers and footers and
form feeds to divide text into pages of about 60 lines.  

Those are all artifacts of the history that back when it became the
de-facto format there were a lot of printers that could print text
formatted that way.

ASCII can be as nicely formatted as you want.  HTML is written in
ASCII, after all.


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