Re: [Mutt] #2917: format/flowed messages are not properly filled
#2917: format/flowed messages are not properly filled
Comment (by pdmef):
Replying to [comment:2 John Hawkinson]:
> format=flowed messages are permitted to have fixed lines and flowed
> lines. mutt should not wrap the fixed lines, especially when they are
> under 80 columns in an 80-column window and wrap=0.
By default, if you don't set $wrap, the limit is 77. I don't recall
exactly why it's that number (maybe to leave some room below 80 for
more quoting levels or for \r\n or...).
The point is that when you explicitly set wrap to something other than
0, you ask mutt to display text not wider than your limit. I'm afraid
in these cases mutt will have to break all lines (all fixed-format mails,
all fixed lines in flowed-format mails) in order to do what you configured
> Even were it the case that this were a badly-formatted format=flowed
> message (which it is not), mutt should still try to display it
> properly, in the "be liberal in what you accept" vein.
Though I agree on the last part, I still think the mail is badly
I don't see the point of composing a paragraph of text as fixed lines in a
format=flowed mail while hoping and requesting everything to render well
on the receiver's side.
Being allowed to reflow text also includes to render it narrower than the
sender intended and possibly causing ugly rendering. What if you were
message on a device with less than 80 columns? It will look ugly again
the sender adds proper spaces to make up reflowable paragraphs.
Anyway, I'm kind of stuck on providing proposals on how to fix it, i.e.
better defaults that fit most people...
Ticket URL: <http://dev.mutt.org/trac/ticket/2917#comment:3>