Subject: Re: MSIE "Smart Tags" -- what's the real deal?
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 15:08:42 +0900

>>>>> "Ian" == Ian Lance Taylor <> writes:

    Ian> My understanding of Smart Tags agrees with your understanding.

    Ian> Do you think that is always OK to add gloss to content?  Even
    Ian> when that gloss can be easily confused with information added
    Ian> by the author?  Where is the line?

Theoretically, no, it is not always OK.  I know where the line is for
me, too, but you'd have to ask case by case; I doubt I could express
it in words.

In practice, people will disagree where the line is drawn, and by a
lot.  Sometimes is is determined by techical issues (eg,
uses ordinary links to gloss).  Other times the glosser may have
opinions about presentation, or may be responding to perceived
consumer taste.  I don't see any moral responsibility for Microsoft to
adopt my definition, which is probably as strict as yours.

I concede your various points about not presenting your opinion
correctly.  Again, my apologies.

I'll answer the rest in private mail, I think it is way off-topic for
fsb.  Third parties are welcome to join (unless Ian prefers not, ask
him ;-).

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