mbmiller "at" taxa.epi.umn.edu
Fri Mar 12 18:53:00 2004
On Fri, 12 Mar 2004, Wayne Throop wrote:
> 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.
Thank you. I will retract my earlier accusation. I was not familiar with
that definition of the term. Clearly, this implies that cryptographers
see VNC encoded transmission as not meaningfully different from plain text
The two definitions: