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.

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

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