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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.
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.
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