Plain text pedantry was Re: Heathkit was Re: partial P112 kits
cisin at xenosoft.com
Tue Jun 22 13:51:46 CDT 2010
Was RFC 3676 pushed through by MICROS~1's equating
of an email message with a WEIRD document?
RFC 3676 is less than ten years old (Feb 2004?).
Should this list conform to RFC 2646 (1999?), instead?
On Tue, 22 Jun 2010, Cameron Kaiser wrote:
> When generating Format=Flowed text, lines SHOULD be 78 characters or
> shorter, including any trailing white space and also including any
> space added as part of stuffing (see Section 4.4).
. . . but if it is more than 72, then the FORTRAN card
sequential numbering doesn't have space. I remember
several EAM machines that were configured (plug-board)
to ignore anything past 72
ALSO, since people often don't trim the replies to the
replies to the replies, it's nice to leave some room for
when the chevrons get inserted.
> I see no soft breaks in the line, unless the mailing list removed them
> (soft break being SP CR LF). I left the line as my mailer saw it.
"Soft line breaks" are fine for text that will be reformatted
in an editor, etc. But they are a nuisance when they get
Grumpy Ol' Fred cisin at xenosoft.com
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