Wrapping long lines (Was Re: FAQ update suggestion for "I'm having basic problems with find. Why?")
Fri Jul 9 15:20:00 GMT 2004
Brian Dessent wrote:
> William Blunn wrote:
>> I only wish that I could go back in time and show the inventor of
>> <PRE> the havoc they have wreaked by making it turn off wrapping by
> I'm pretty sure you were joking here but if not...
> That's the whole point of PRE, that it *doesn't* wrap. It's for text
> that's been preformatted, with linefeeds and spacing already
> determined. If PRE were to mangle the text by wrapping it at some
> margin, it would totally defeat the purpose of the tag.
> What really needs to be improved is mhonarc or whatever app is used to
> make the web archives. It should detect when the message contains no
> linebreaks and not use PRE but rather let the browser render it as
> normal text, so that it will be wrapped to the width of the screen as
IOW the <pre> tag is not the appropriate tag for the job in the case of
a format=flowed message.
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