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Subject: Ionad ur don liosta Old-Irish-L
From: "Caoimhin P. ODonnaile" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 31 Oct 1997 21:07:09 +0000

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Fáilte romhaibh ar Oidhche Shamhna don liosta "úr" Old-Irish-L !

The list "old-irish-list" has moved to a new home at
This is the service which hosts the other Gaelic language lists, Gaelic-L,
Gaeilge-A, Gaeilge-B, Gaidhlig-A, Gaidhlig-B and Gaelg, as well as
other Celtic mailing lists such as Welsh-L, Celtic-L and Irtrad-L.

The list has changed its name slightly to Old-Irish-L to reflect the
naming conventions and rules on its new home.

The membership of the old list has been transfered to the new one
so you do not need to take any action to continue to receive messages.
However, to post a message to the list you should now send it to:

               [log in to unmask]

The LISTSERV software running at the list's new home gives many new
facilities.  Some of the benefits of the move are:

  - LISTSERV records a "real name" as well as an Email address
    when a new user subscribes, so the service is more user-friendly
    and less anonymous.

  - Archives of all past messages are available on WWW at  and there are excellent search
    facilities for finding past messages.

  - A subscriber can choose to receive messages as a daily "digest"
    instead of individually, or can choose to choose to receive a
    brief "index" containing only the subject line of new messages.

  - It will be easier for people who might be interested in
    Old Irish to locate the list since it is cataloged on WWW
    via LISTSERV's excellent "Catalyst" facility at:

  - The fact that the address, subscription method, signoff method,
    and so on, are now the same as for most other Celtic-related
    mailing lists will make life easier for many subscribers.

  - Old-Irish-L shares in the WWW system for Gaelic language mailing
    lists which has been set up at:
    The membership list, for example, is now viewable on WWW.

The WWW site for Old-Irish-L is:

This includes some links to WWW pages which might be of interest to
list members.  If you have suggestions for further links which might
be of interest please send them to me.  Due to a mistake for which
I was responsible, Marion's announcement quoted the address for the
Gaelic-L WWW site instead of the Old-Irish-L site.  Sorry about that.

Since most Email systems now allow the use of accented characters and
since the number of systems which do not is sure to decrease over the
coming months and years, it seemed sensible to allow the use of
accented characters on the new list (as seen in the first line of
this message).  Most of the other Gaelic language mailing lists now
officially allow the use of accented characters.  Users who experience
difficulty reading accented characters in Email should still be able
to view the messages via the WWW archive.  WWW, unlike Email, has
allowed the use of Latin-1 accented characters since its inception.
However, if this policy causes you difficulties you should notify
the list owners (on [log in to unmask]) and if a lot
of users are experiencing difficulties the policy will be reviewed.
Accented characters should not in any case be used in subject lines,
since there are still many Email systems which cannot cope with accents
in the subject line.

I'll be taking a back seat in managing the new list, and will hopefully
be phased out altogether, since I am only in the team to help with
technical matters.  However, I am looking forward to increasing my
knowledge of Old Irish by reading postings to the list.


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