HylaFAX The world's most advanced open source fax server

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: [hylafax-users] Native PCL faxing?!

Lee Howard wrote:

> On 2003.04.17 15:02 Frank Peters wrote:
>> Why use the fax protocol to send general documents?
> Because it has long been (and continues to be) a popular standard for 
> document communication.  Internet communication, and in particular 
> e-mail, are not yet as generally accepted for document communication 
> as is facsimile.
> So, when I call the county courthouse to obtain forms for tax 
> purposes, it's more likely that they have them in a paper format and a 
> fax machine than it is for them to have them in electronic format or 
> have a scanner handy with a competent user... as well as internet access.
> When I call to dispute a billing issue with MSN... they ask me to 
> *fax* them copies of my bills ... not e-mail.
> So, for the moment facsimile is still a general standard, and in order 
> to conduct business in a professional manner, such standards would 
> need to be supported.
> That's why.  Personally, I'd rather have e-mail take over... but 
> that's not going to happen quickly.
> Lee.

Both (traditional)e-mail and fax are antiquated.  But I think fax will 
be around so long as our phone systems are not yet 100% digital. 
 Documents still can't be easily or universally printed without fax. 
 The nice thing about fax is the ability to print directly to anyone's 
fax or computer printer.  E-mail can't do that.   Fax is one form of 
messaging service with unique features not found in e-mail.   I think 
one fine day both tradional e-mail and fax will merge to an internet 
based messaging system for all kinds of communication - voice, text, 
graphics, html, etc.  But I don't see this happening any time real soon.  


____________________ HylaFAX(tm) Users Mailing List _______________________
  To subscribe/unsubscribe, click http://lists.hylafax.org/cgi-bin/lsg2.cgi
 On UNIX: mail -s unsubscribe hylafax-users-request@hylafax.org < /dev/null
  *To learn about commercial HylaFAX(tm) support, mail sales@hylafax.org.*

Project hosted by iFAX Solutions