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Date:      Mon, 15 Jun 2020 04:00:26 +0200
From:      Ralf Mardorf <ralf-mardorf@riseup.net>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Flowed text
Message-ID:  <20200615040026.6b73bef4@archlinux>
In-Reply-To: <e80e54d0-ec7b-2ebf-9778-6420431cd65b@panix.com>
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On Sun, 14 Jun 2020 18:45:04 -0400, Kurt Hackenberg wrote:
>On 2020-06-14 04:06, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
>
>>> Any MUA that arbitrarily reformats text is too smart for its own 
>>> good and fundamentally broken in a critical way.  
>> 
>> Yesno!
>> 
>> The MUA could wrap the lines on demand, so long lines for code are 
>> not wrapped by default.  
>
>Or a message could contain information about whether lines should be 
>filled and word-wrapped. Like this message you're reading, for
>example. It's text/plain format=flowed (RFC 3676). The English text is
>marked to be filled and word-wrapped on display. The C program at the
>end is not.

You are missing the point. Please read the original thread!

We are talking about handling messages that are improper formatted,
because some people are ignorant, unwilling to format plain text mails
following common conventions for mailing lists.

Some of us (me, too) try to encourage people to format emails correct
in the first place, but some insist in breaking sane conventions.

What you describe can be done by almost all, if not all FLOSS desktop
MUAs, but the user writing an email needs to do it.



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