From: Charlie_Gibbs@mindlink.bc.ca (Charlie Gibbs) firstname.lastname@example.org (D.Young) writes: >But you don't mess up the line length and make your posting look a >complete mess to 97.654% of all readers... > >There must be a solution to this problem somewhere, could we >standardise on making all postings html? That way the newsreader >could decide where the line breaks were allowed to live. What's wrong with just limiting each line to a maximum of 72 characters? Of course, if always limit our- turn it into we were really selves to 20- multi-column serious about character lines. format if you backward compat- Clever terminal have a wider ibility, we could software could screen. If we wanted to go to extremes, we could write software that would automatically justify all our text, so that the right margin would not have that ugly ragged look. (Much more complex patterns would possibly give an outlet for one's artistic urges.) I myself would be satisfied with more modest efforts, such as messages that would end each line with the same word. Perhaps this small sample would encourage others to create even better things, efforts which would turn out less difficult and boring to read, and which indeed would elevate net postings to an art form.
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