Arnaud’s Open blog

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Good chuckle

Because I was one of the editors of the HTML 4 specification my name and former email address are in the related HTML4 DTD files.

The DTD files are the files containing the formal definition of the HTML language used for web pages. As such they often are referenced from web pages and, although it’s normally completely transparent to users, occasionally people ran into one of these files. When they see my name in there some of them assume I have something to do with the page they are dealing with.

Usually, the consequences are rather mundane. The most common case is when they are facing some technical difficulty and they just send me (and my co-editors) an email asking for help. I’m used to that and these messages don’t surprise me anymore.

On the other hand, I was not prepared for the one I recently received. Below is the top portion of it.

From: Nancy ****

To: ‘RITA’; ‘sales@ ****’; ‘lehors@w3.org’

Cc: ‘robert@ ****’; ‘dsr@w3.org’; ‘ij@w3.org’

Subject: RE: status call this morning

Dave Raggett, Arnaud Le Hors, Ian Jacobs , RITA, ROBERT,

ATTACHED IS A COPY OF MY BANK STATEMENT PROVING THAT I PAID FOR THE MIRROR 38917***.VIA PAYPAL . I STILL HAVE NOT RECEVED IT AND IT HAS SINCE BEEN 7 MONTHS. BELOW IS E-MAILS REGARDING THE MIRROR I PAID FOR.
IS THERE NOT ONE HONEST PERSON AMONGT ALL OF YOU? HOW IS THAT YOU STEAL FROM PEOPLE AND NOT HAVE A CONSCIENCE? I WILL KEEP REPORTING THIS INFORMATION UNTIL I GET SOME SATIFACTION.

Out of sympathy for “Nancy” and respect for the company this involved -which may very well be at fault but I’m not here to judge – I anonymized it a bit. Amazingly enough Nancy took the time to hide the balance amount from her attached bank statement but not her account number, address, etc.

This definitely beats every email I have ever received related to my involvement in HTML. 🙂

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November 9, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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