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As you have seen, this note and the protocols it describes have plenty of room for improvement. Now, as the end-user of this function, you may have a naturally strong and negative reaction to these crude mechanisms, tempting you to send messages decrying my lack of humanity, decency, and legal parentage to the atlas or atlas-comm mailing lists. While this is quite understandable, keep in mind that I'm not a very understanding guy, and am also a gigantic baby that pouts when my tender feelings are hurt. So, the proper bitch format involves

For a higher overview of things, scope out the paper ATLAS/doc/, which describes the ideas behind ATLAS, including several that are touched upon only lightly in this note.

R. Clint Whaley 2001-08-04