New Package: picon-news 97.01.07-1
Maintainer: Hakan Ardo <email@example.com>
Description: Picon (Personal Images) db of Usenet newsgroups and hierarchies
"picons" is short for "personal icons". They're small, constrained
images used to represent users and domains on the net, organized into
databases so that the appropriate image for a given e-mail address can
be found. Besides users and domains, there are picons databases for
Usenet newsgroups and weather forecasts. The picons are in either
monochrome XBM format or color XPM and GIF formats.
These databases have been compiled in hopes of helping make cyberspace
a more personable place. With them, software and services can be
developed to identify persons on the net by face (or, at least, by
institution logo) instead of by a cryptic e-mail address. Software of
this kind is for example xfaces and exmh.