throopw "at" sheol.org
Fri Mar 12 18:00:01 2004
: > http://faq.gotomyvnc.com/fom-serve/cache/28.html
: But that page says that VNC communicates in "plain text" and I've been
: told repeatedly that it is using some sort of X protocol that is not
: plain text. It's not encrypted, but it isn't plain text either.
I didn't see anybody else mention it, but it's worth noting
that the use of "plaintext" here is a cryptogaphic technical term,
meaning "the unencrypted form", as contrasted with "ciphertext".
The use in "data exchange  is in plaintext" does not imply
that the data will be interpreted as ascii characters.
That is, it's not refering to the MIME type text/plain.
"technical term" is a technical term which states that
a specific word in a specific context has its meaning
distorted beyond all recognition
Wayne Throop throopw "at" sheol.org