Wrapping long lines (Was Re: FAQ update suggestion for "I'm having basic problems with find. Why?")
Fri Dec 10 18:15:00 GMT 2004
I have been doing some reading today, and have come across RFC3676
(which supersedes RFC2646) which describes format=flowed.
A bit of a revelation.
format=flowed wasn't what I thought it might be, but it turned out to be
It doesn't look that complicated but it's actually a brilliant piece of
format=flowed would appear to solve all the issues mentioned in the
thread earlier this year.
Messages using format=flowed will look just like like 80-column mail to
all the old curmudgeons.
However when viewed in a reader which understands format=flowed,
paragraphs will be re-flowed to the width of the reader's window.
Message quoting, using ">" is handled beautifully, with even quoted
messages being able to be perfectly re-flowed to the reader's window size.
And the best part:
The Cygwin mailing list web archiving system already supports it.
Any message using format=flowed will be emitted beautifully by the web
archiving system, resulting in lovely flowed paragraphs, including
quoted messages which will be flowed and presented with quote-bars.
For an example of how format=flowed works with a quoted message, look at
one of Andrew DeFaria's messages:
Andrew appears to have been using Thunderbird 0.7.2.
I was using Microsoft Outlook Express, which does not support format=flowed.
I am now using Thunderbird 1.0, which does support format=flowed.
So *this* message should come out nicely for everyone, both in e-mail
and in the archive, *and* with no extra effort required on my part.
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