Date: Mon, 4 Mar 1996 17:19:12 EST From: Terry Lynn Irons Subject: Re: Survey of e-usage The beauty of the web is its freedom, it variety. The need for standards derives from the attempt by one group to control another or from the feelings of doubt and inadequacy on the part of an emergent class. The rise of prescriptivism in grammar, whenever exactly that occurred (18th century, perhaps earlier, for English), is the prime example. This need has absolutely nothing to do communication: communication proceeds despite so-called standards. Being a variationist at heart, one who delights in different ways for expressing the same thing, I find an attempt to define standards for terms on the Intranet/Internet to be essentially repugnant. I might, however, be willing to participate, if the Society endorses the project, simply to throw my sabot into the works. Terry Irons -- (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164 Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351 (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)