Re: ADMIN: Filtering, does it work, etc.

Subject: Re: ADMIN: Filtering, does it work, etc.
From: "Mark Baker" <mbaker -at- omnimark -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 1999 10:36:38 -0400

Eric J. Ray wrote.

>For those of you using Outlook, I changed the TECHWR-L TO:
>line so Outlook (brain-dead as it may be) can filter the
>messages to a folder. For anyone who wants to filter
>TECHWR-L mail to a folder (in any mail program), you can
>filter on the TO: line, which contains:
>TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>


I don't know what's supposed to be brain dead about it, but Outlook as been
successfully filtering techwr-l to a folder for me all through the change. I
have a rule set up to move all mail in which the To: line contains
"techwr-l" to a folder "techwr-l". This has worked all along.

I suspect if people have been having trouble it may be because they have
been specifying too much of a pattern. There is no need to specify the whole
of the To: line in a rule, just the string that makes the To: line unique.
"techwr-l" is all you need as a pattern to tell techwr-l posts from others.
"techwr-l" is the most stable and distinct part of the pattern. Using more
than "techwr-l" is simply making your pattern matching more vulnerable to
failure without increasing its accuracy in filtering.

In any form of text processing -- a necessary skill for modern technical
communicators -- you should make your pattern matching algorithm as
sensitive as it needs to be, but not more so.

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Mark Baker
Senior Technical Communicator
OmniMark Technologies Corporation
1400 Blair Place
Gloucester, Ontario
Canada, K1J 9B8
Phone: 613-745-4242
Fax: 613-745-5560
Email mbaker -at- omnimark -dot- com
Web: http://www.omnimark.com






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