From: James Kass (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Jan 04 2009 - 00:22:54 CST
>What is it with you people? Everything apparently must be black or
It can also be ones and zeroes.
>Character coding is an exercise in dealing with shades of gray
>and edge cases.
Plain-text character coding can't encompass shades of gray
because color is not an aspect of plain-text.
>Perhaps it's the fact that type is limited to black ink
>and white background that is confusing people.
Type is not limited to black ink and white background. Remember
those red-and-black typewriter ribbons? Type may use any color
of ink on any color of paper without restriction.
It's plain-text which is limited to color1/color2, often green
text on a black background. Users set these preferences in
various ways, but the setting of those preferences is not part
of the plain-text.
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