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Re: The future will be easy to use


>Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 22:57:25 -0800
>From: "James A. Donald" <[email protected]>
>At 01:03 PM 11/28/95 EST, Carl Ellison wrote:
>>That's true.  What the user would have to see is some icon (or, for
>>text-bound folks, a temporary unique string) until the user chooses and
>>assigns the appropriate alias.  That icon would have no meaning by itself.
>>It would acquire a meaning by being associated with some message or set of
>Better method:  Creator of the key names it:  Usually after himself or
>his role:  The recipients key database detects and resolves cases 
>where two different keys have identical names in accordance with
>certification rules.

That's today's method, more or less.  It doesn't address my needs.  The
name you pick for your key may or may not mean anything to me.  It might be
pronounceable, giving it some advantage over a radix-64 string, but it
might also be non-unique, making it worthless as an identifier.

What means something to me is whatever name (or symbol) I assign to the
person behind the key in question.  That's the one in my mind and therefore
the only one of interest to me.  You, however, don't know what's in my
mind.  You don't even know my preferred symbol set.

 - Carl

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