From: James Kass (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Jan 11 2009 - 22:40:48 CST
Asmus Freytag wrote,
>As has been repeated here, many times, the decision is a case-by-case
>decision. There are no firm demarcations or hard-and-fast rules.
>Membership in a set can push something inside the line, that by itself
>would not be considered. Clearly, that's the case in the current
>situation as well.
If any marketing people for cell phone vendors are following
this discussion, I wonder if you've considered the possibilities
of using color and effects on the actual words in text messages.
As is shown by the current emoji craze in Japan and the vast
use of graphic emoticons in world-wide markets, users are
very attracted to various ways to "spice up" their messages.
With this in mind, allowing users to set certain words or phrases
in different colors might be an alluring feature, especially if
it could be done efficiently, band-width-wise, and in a manner
consistent with the existing text interchange protocols we all
have to work with.
If you are already considering this, why expend resources
devising a method to do this kind of thing when there are
already methods described on the web? Perhaps one of the
most thoroughly documented methods for setting colors in
text using plain-text protocols can be found here:
Further information specific to color:
Of course, applying style to text isn't just limited to color!
Naturally, the vendors will want to get together on this to
ensure interoperability of these new special features.
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