[extropy-chat] PJ's quotes and email clients

Robert Bradbury robert.bradbury at gmail.com
Tue Mar 13 11:27:15 UTC 2007

> I recommend we panic.

All of us or just some of us?

I can see what the problem is with the archives.  It just sticks all of the
messages between <PRE> and </PRE> tags indicating "PRE"-formatted text.
Unfortunately most browsers assume that means that you have already wrapped
the lines which isn't the case for many messages which now have very long
lines (which *is* acceptable for HTML, since the browser will wrap them for
the window or sub-window in which the text is being viewed).

Now, apparently there is a partially supported "WIDTH=##" option with <PRE>
that would presumably tell the browser to wrap any really long lines to some
shorter width but what I've read so far indicates support varies from
browser to browser.

People have to realize that this is a mess.  In gmail, I change the window
width and I change the length of the lines which are readable in the message
window.  Paragraphs with forced linefeeds included (<BR> in HTML) will not
scale with window width. (This is particularly true because one can change
the font size with ctrl-+ and ctrl-- which results in a change in the
"effective" line length).  So paragraphs without explicit line breaks *is*
the right approach.  The problem is when some (cough) brain dead tools add
explicit line breaks for incoming text and then don't take them back out on
outgoing text or add HTML tags which prevent the reformatting of the text.

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