All GNKSA/U evaluations are compiled by Tim Pierce at <URL:http://http.bsd. uchicago.edu/~twpierce/news/>.
This is the second evaluation of WinVN (previous evaluation by myself for version 0.99.7).
The software as reviewed still fails to receive the Good Net-Keeping Seal of Approval for Usenet Software for the following reason :
Though not required by GNKSA/U, some points could be improved :
This software may be downloaded at : <URL:ftp://ftp.ksc.nasa.gov/pub/w invn> or <URL:ftp://ftp.ibp.fr/pub/pc/winvn&g t;
Below is the detailed evaluation checklist :
Req Itm Sub- Item rd? ## Description item OK? OK? Notes Y 1 Display all essential header info YES Y default is to display YES Y a) display author YES Y b) display subject YES Y c) display newsgroups list YES Y d) display Followup-To list YES Y e) display Reply-To if /= From: YES Y 2 Provide standard commands YES Y clear YES Y separate YES Y a) post a new article YES Y b) post a followup article YES Y c) reply by email YES N use standard terminology NO 1) Y 3 Implement cross-posting YES Y allow user specification YES Y cross-post (not multi-post) YES Y 4 Change essential headers YES Y change headers while editing body YES Y change Subject YES Y allow at least 70 chars in subject YES Y change Newsgroups YES Y change Followup-To YES Y allow followup-to: poster YES Y change Reply-To YES 2) Y 5 Correct Subject headers in flwup/rply YES Y a) prepend "Re: " (exactly!) YES Y b) preserve entire Subject YES Y even subjects > 80 chars long YES Y 6 Respect Followup-To YES Y use to initialize Newsgroups: in flwup YES Y recognize and act on 'poster' YES Y 7 Followups contain References YES Y contains message-id of original YES Y never truncate individual message-id YES N contains three Refs from original YES N contains entire Refs of original YES Y 8 Direct email reply to Reply-To YES Y 9 Quotation and attribution YES Y provide method YES Y set off by prepend YES Y attribution line YES 3) Y identifies author YES 3) N gives message-id YES 3) Y 10 Subject is mandatory Y do not post empty or provide <none> YES 4) Y allow change while editing body YES Y 11 Must provide valid From: header NO Y syntactically valid NO 5) N belongs to the user NO 6) Y 12 Must provide cancel YES Y of own articles YES Y *not* of others YES N 13 Respect line length, and post WYSIWYG YES N line brks shown are present when posted YES N do *not* post paragraph w/o line brks YES N warn if body has lines > 80 chars YES N external editor conforms N/A N 14 Prevent obvious errors NO N prevent posting empty article YES N prevent posting only quoted text NO
First a short description of what the columns in this checklist stand for: