IFX Mail Archive: Re: Online and connected?

IFX Mail Archive: Re: Online and connected?

Re: Online and connected?

Maulik Desai (mdesai@auco.com)
Wed, 31 Mar 1999 08:35:40 -0700

Hi,

> There is one aspect of the current QUALDOCS goals that is fundamentally
> inconsistent with intermittent connection to the Internet: timely
> delivery. So, we are faced with a choice: do we ignore intermittently
> connected users, or do we relax the goals in some way to allow them to
> participate?

IMO, the requirement for timely delivery is one of the most important
attributes and value-add of QualDocs and I would not like to see it being
diluted. I wonder how many people share this view?

> A corollary of this is that if IPP is to used then it will not, of
itself,
> address the needs of intermittently connected users. (This doesn't mean
> that they cannot be addressed by additional future developments.) So
maybe
> the choice is really: do we defer consideration of intermittently
> connected users as a later problem, or do we relax the goals in some way
to
> include them in the current work?

I am in favor of deferring as opposed to relaxing the goals. This issue
should
be addressed in future, after current work is completed.

-Maulik