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Civility in critiquing the ideas of others is no vice. Rudeness in defending your own ideas is no virtue.


Sun 18 Jan 2009, 05:34 PM
The answer may depend, believe it or not, on whether Sam reads his mail through a Notes client or a web browser today.  That sounds unlikely, but take a look at this email Rick sent to Sam this afternoon.  Rick and Sam's boss wants Sam to make some urgent changes to a contract and get it signed.  The changes he wants are simple - remove topics #8 and #9.  If Sam were to read this note in the Lotus Notes client, as below, he would see that his job is to remove those two topics. 

The command to remove topics 8 and 9


So far, so good.  If Sam were to scroll down, he would see that topic #8 and #9 are "U.S. GOVERNMENT RESTRICTED RIGHTS" and "EXPORT RESTRICTIONS", which are the topics the boss DOES want removed.


Topics 8 and 9 to be removed



But here the plot thickens.  If Sam were to open the exact same email through iNotes, he would say the same command to remove topics #8 and #9:

The mail in iNotes


But if he were scroll down here, he would find a very different paair of topics, #8 and #9.  He would see "UPGRADES" and "COPYRIGHT" which ARE NOT topics the boss wants removed.  But why?

The wrong topics, misnumbered.



The fault is in the Domino MIME rendering, which tries to determine whether list items belong to the same list or to a nested sublist based on the exact level of margin.  Unfortunately for Sam, as well as for Rick, they are likely to be looking for jobs tomorrow due to the impending screwup of the contract by Sam.

The nested sublist is seen as part of the outer list


Could your job depend on MIME rendering?  Not if you were using iFidelity.

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Sun 18 Jan 2009, 05:44 AM
Tim Davis of The Turtle Partnership has worked his magic again, this time with a true iPhone version of the Lotusphere Sessions db.  It is available for free from the iTunes App Store - just search for Lotusphere and you'll find it (confession: I feel a bit like George Bush talking about The Google, since I have never used iTunes myself and have no idea whether I have that name quite right.  They say, "If you've got it, flaunt it" and if all I have is my ignorance...?)

A I understand it, one of the first thing you'll want to do after you get the iPhone version is to refresh the data from The Turtle Partnership's public server, which directly uses my sessions database and so will have the fixes/changes/additions I made as late as yesterday.  Tim showed me how to do that, but it was so obvious that I promptly forgot it, having learned not to fill my brain with instructions that don't need repeating.  If you get the iPhones version and can't figure it out, drop me a line.  (Ah, "drop me a line" is an old phrase that used to mean, give me a phone call, but in this case means either post a response here or possibly Twitter it and if somebody reads it who happens to be standing next to me, they can poke me in the shoulder and give me the message.  I am not exactly sure how that is progress, but then I never quite did those "interweb" thingies - something about tubes, I hear)

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