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From: dness:home at: 26-Oct-2001 3:25

Dr. Louis A. Turk wrote:
> I personally would not want everything on my computer indexed, but only > documents that I might use in my writings. Anything else would be > undesirable clutter. > > Documents such as web pages can easily be stripped of their tags using parse.
Actually that's not true. Complex HTML markup, particularly with in-line java can be quite difficult to parse,
> Source code for rebol would certainly work as is.
I suppose most computer code would, but it isn't something that I'd normally use in `my writings'.
> Almost all programs have an export to ascii option.
Some do. Far, far from `almost all'. And in any case this sort of misses the point, doesn't it? If you have to remember to write out an `ascii version' for the purposes of your indexing, then all of the advantages of `automatic' indexing pretty much disappear.
> Eudora email files are already in ascii format.
Yes, but Eudora only handles a small fraction of Net mail. NetScape Communicator and Outlook, which handle far more, I think, both store mail in complex structured files.