Gene L. Wilkinson
The ITForum discussion reported here took place between October 19 and October 29, 1996, and is presented virtually verbatim as it occurred. Minor editing was done for stylistic and grammatical consistency and to improve the flow of the discussion. Messages which consist primarily of "cheering" (voting for or against contributors) have been eliminated while those which contribute to the discussion of the issues raised have been kept. In addition, some minor rewording of some posts was done to clarify the intent of messages; but, efforts have been made to preserve the feel of a give-and-take discussion. Any value of this discussion is due to the efforts and insights of the contributors--any failures can be blamed on the editor.
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