Subject: Re: line wrapping in news messages
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2001 18:50:05 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Carl Gay <>
> No need for Kaz Kylheku or Erik Naggum to answer the first question.


> (1) Does your newsreader automatically wrap long lines
> to the width of the screen, or does it force you to
> scroll horizontally to read them?

  No, not automatically, but I get it with W w, which runs the function
  gnus-article-fill-cited-article.  This function has a large number of
  serious drawbacks -- such as also reformatting quoted text, code, etc.

> (2) Does your newsreader wrap long lines (like this one) ON SEND, or does
> it leave them alone?  This is actually a rhetorical question.  I'll see
> the answer when you reply.

  If I did not use W w to re-fill the article when I read it, M-q would
  re-fill the paragraph you left on a single line into what you see above.

> (3) If the answer to (1) was "no", which do you dislike
> more (a) having to scroll horizontally, or (b) having to
> > >read 
> > text like this
> > > > with some long lines and some short
> > lines, intermixed with > characters?

  I prefer to skip such articles entirely.  Outlokk Express victims who
  refuse to clean up their act and stop using that disgusting misfeature
  probably have nothing of value to add to society in other ways, either.

> (4) What newsreader do you use?

  User-Agent: Gnus/5.0808 (Gnus v5.8.8) Emacs/20.7