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a Bert by any other name....
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- Subject: a Bert by any other name....
- From: ____Textpert Alert____ <ianf@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 06:45:16 +0100
If this isn't a Xanadu[*] Bert, then I don't know what is:
Seattle PI: <http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/
109707_drm22.shtml> I imagine Enron would have been
interested in this software:
"...The software, called Windows Rights
Management Services, can be used by anyone
creating an e-mail, Word document, Excel
Spreadsheet, Adobe PDF or other file. The
creator can specify which individuals or
groups in an organization can read, copy,
print, forward or edit the document.
Documents can even be given a finite
Different individuals or groups can be allowed
different rights to the same document. Those
use limits are built into the document and
remain an unalterable part of it, said
Microsoft's John Manferdelli, who headed
the product's development...."
[ found @ http://www.mcarthurweb.com/200302.html#1045918126 ]
Wonder how it is done in general purpose context, not
a dedicated environment as would be Xanadu; and then
especially how it's done in the case of by design uni-
versally readable email... once so-encoded (=binary) msg
received along ordinary ones, it has to be recognized
as such and passed over to a local Windows Rights
Management server, which will validate it, check the
identity of recipient, and disclose the contents in
accordance with the embedded access-profile. Would that
be done in a manner similar to filtering by procmail?
But first, that would presume presence of dedicated
RM-aware mail user agent(s) at the receiving end, which
in turn defies the spirit of lowest-common-denominator
text exchange platform, the e-mail.
In any event, somebody should do ergonomic evaluation of
the UI of assigning the various permission ranges possible
with this software (by description not limited to Micro-
shaft-only applications...). Knowing the ways of the
parent, I bet it is a bastard....
[*] 1990 Xanadu/Server System Overview
Draft Revision 1.0 B4; June 5, 1990