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Re: word-wrap etc [was: Re: Request for input ...]

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2002 22:47:25 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200204142147.g3ELlPN00397@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Done this once.  Not promising to make it a habit, yet.  Does Pine not wrap 
> text for you that comes in paragraph delimited text rather than line delimited 
It probably does if the email has a content type that indicates that;
MIME defines a rich text format, although you would get similar complaints
to using HTML and some early HTML email programs can't cope with it even
though it long predates HTML email (the people who implemmented HTML
email didn't read the standards first!).

The only correct way to handle your mail is to output each paragraph on one
long line, and Mozilla actually has an option to request that correct
behaviour (or rather it has an option to request bugwise compatibility
with other GUI email programs, i.e. to disable the correct behaviour).
Most non-GUI programs handle the problem by character wrapping, which
is the only way that even vaguely preserves ASCII art etc.

I've recently noticed some email with something like:

text/plain; format=flowed.

I don't know if this is a proper standard, and in any case, such mail is
wrapped for transmission - format=flowed permits the viewer to re-flow
the paragraphs.
Received on Sunday, 14 April 2002 17:47:29 UTC

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