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

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2002 18:15:36 -0400 (EDT)
To: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0204141814010.28940-100000@smarty.smart.net>
On Sun, 14 Apr 2002, David Woolley wrote:

well what is happening is that when I get and open the mail it is wrapped
fine at the 76 that I have it set, but if I try to reply I get each
paragraph as one long line, this is something that has only started
happening in the past few months, wonder if it is something to do
with??AOL 7/XP/something???

Bob

> > 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.
> 

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