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Volker

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Option to display simple text messages using typewriter font?
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:07:00 pm »
Is there such an option? Did I miss something?

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Re: Option to display simple text messages using typewriter font?
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2014, 07:48:35 pm »
To display a message in plain text (not in rich text), go to menu in message view.
Thank you very much, that does exactly what I was looking for. It displays only messages written in plain text as monotype and does not change messages written in rich text.
Great!  :-)

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Re: Option to display simple text messages using typewriter font?
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2014, 02:24:05 am »
Yes, exactly... Great for reading cron logs :)
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Re: Option to display simple text messages using typewriter font?
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2014, 02:14:01 pm »
Yes, exactly... Great for reading cron logs :)
Sorry, not as good as I expected. Or did I miss how to turn on line wrapping?
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Re: Option to display simple text messages using typewriter font?
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2014, 02:06:40 am »
The person who originally asked for this (plain text messages in mono font) was very clear that he (or was it a she) wanted to have absolutely none of that newfangled nonsense known as line wrapping when using a monospaced font.

Therefore, we have:

<style>
body, p, pre { font-family: monospace; white-space: pre;}
</style>
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Re: Option to display simple text messages using typewriter font?
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2014, 10:11:21 am »
Well, nonsense. So I may be asking for some nonsense.  :-)
Is there an easy way to turn on line wrapping?

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Re: Option to display simple text messages using typewriter font?
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2014, 08:41:57 pm »
There is no way to turn on line wrapping when using monospaced font with plain text messages.

It's this way by design.

Not a bug, a feature.

Monospaced font is mostly useful for viewing computer generated text, like cron job, reports, that type of thing.

With line wrapping, such content gets messed up, which defeats the reason for using monospaced font in the first place.
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Re: Option to display simple text messages using typewriter font?
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2014, 03:43:38 pm »
May I humbly remind you that the most basic ability of e-mail programs was and still is do decently send and display pure text messages in a monospaced font? We had that before some newfagled nonsense known as rich text was even  invented.   ;-)

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Re: Option to display simple text messages using typewriter font?
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2014, 11:15:08 pm »
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the most basic ability of e-mail programs was and still is do decently send and display pure text messages in a monospaced font
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I enthusiastically agree -- but only with the two parts of your statement taken separately from each other: "display pure text messages" and "monospaced font".

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We had that before some newfagled nonsense known as rich text was even  invented
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Ah, so you're proposing to go back to early 80-ies (before the first DOS version of Word, and ChiWriter...)

Fine with me. I'll change all of Aqua's screen layouts to fit on an fixed 80x25 character grid, and it's going to be white on blue throughout (like Norton Commander).

Seriously:

- Aqua is perfectly capable of displaying plain text messages without newfangled formatting, just not always in a mono font.

- The primary use case for mono font is for viewing computer generated information (logs, etc.), often with tables or indentation that assume fixed character widths. This, to me, is reason enough to turn off line wrapping -- with line wrapping, such formatted text becomes unreadable.

So the choice is between -- 1) an improvement on something that already works (use line wrapping when using mono font) vs. 2) completely destroying the usefulness of mono font with a fairly broad, different, but still valid use case (computer generated logs, tables, and similar).
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Re: Option to display simple text messages using typewriter font?
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2014, 10:12:20 am »
 Oh well, could we just have the following:
(1) Have an option to turn on line wrapping when displaying pure text messages with monotype font,
(2) when switching to using monotype font for pure text messages, make that also work for composing messages.
(3) And, while we're at it: having an option to adjust line lenght for wrapping lines in pure text messages. With a value of 0 meaning no line wrapping. As we had in the good ol' times.  :-)

And no, Dunno about MS-DOS and such. Was using Unix when e-mail was invented. ;-)

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Re: Option to display simple text messages using typewriter font?
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2014, 10:14:03 am »
Sorry, wasn't clear enough in my former post: Number (3) was meant for composing messages only.