Subject: FAX to TEXT
From: "S.North" <north -at- HGL -dot- SIGNAAL -dot- NL>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1993 09:20:35 +0200

I know some readers think this discussion shouldn't be here, but I think it
*is* relevant to our profession.

The original posting asked about the best FAX machine, and I said that I could
not say much about them since I had opted for a FAX modem. At the time I
didn't really say why - but now we come to it. In a nutshell, it's "horses for

Faxes were intended to allow the transmission of images: drawings, sketches,
artwork and, ultimately, handwriting. The personal computer 'interfered' and
we can now convert text into faxes - but now you are asking how to convert
faxes *back* into text again. IMHO this is a complete misuse of the medium!

Since I have a fax *modem*, which can operate as either a fax interface or as
a 'normal' modem (and it can automatically tell the difference between the
two), I can still have text sent to me by modem. The conversion is then
unnecessary. I use faxes for the purpose for which they were intended, and
modem transmission for what they were intended...

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