At 08:37 PM 10/12/2005, Mark wrote, in part:
Pray, CLIP MESSAGES. This is both to promote clarity and to preserve bandwidth, which is not a major issue but which remains a nagging minor concern. I am speaking of the text to which we are responding: we should clip this to the bare minimum to ensure that al understand the issue to which we are responding.
To clip, simply block the text with your right mouse button, starting at the point you wish to toss into the outer darkness, then carry the cursor down to the last word you wish to throw out, and let uip on the right mouse button.
Then simply hit return, and the unwanted test disappears. Voila! We have a shorter text to read and clarity is made certain.
Makes sense to me.
All of us fail in this, so let's all pay attention to keepiong the quoted text to the minimum necessary to establish the points to which we are striving to respond.
Clarity in communications mandates brevity in communications.
Failing to clip the messages to which we are responding produces a mystic aura between verbiage and clarity.
Yup, but sometimes it is helpful.
Marc James Small Rollei List Owner
Don Williams La Jolla, CA