Post by weary flake
A basic need for a newsreader is a What You See Is What
You Get editor. MT-Newswatcher has it, Unison has it,
Thunderbird apparently doesn't. Those newsreaders are
no longer usable in MacOS, while Thunderbird is.
Thunderbirds practice of mixing fake linefeeds with
real linefeeds is not WYSIWYG. However good a message looks
on screen before posting it, it gets ruined by Thunderbird's
formatting errors. It artificially puts fake line feeds
which interrupt my typing and then deletes them when
posting. I don't like to type without the linefeeds I type
myself, and Thunderbird doesn't like it. I'm posting in narrow
columns because I like to and also to try to avoid the fake
linefeeds in Thunderbird.
Is there an adjustment to Thunderbird that I'm overlooking?
Can Thunderbird be made to use another text editor, like the
simple editor that comes with Mac, or vi?
Don't confuse line-wrapping with soft or hard newlines. You cannot
guarantee the size of the viewing window or pane in the recipient's
e-mail client will be the same as for your compose window.
If you want physical soft or hard linefeeds, use Shift+Enter instead of
just Enter. Typically Shift+Enter inserts a hard newline in many
WYSIWYG programs, but not always. You could try it in Thunderbird in a
test message you send yourself. Of course, that still won't change the
viewing size in the recipient's e-mail client, so line-wrapping gets
disturbed and the recipient sees a message afflicted with jaggies
(uneven lines). I don't know about Thunderbird (dropped it a couple
years ago after a 6-month trial), but some e-mail clients have an
override on their logical (soft) newlines. They can flag a line as not
getting line-wrapped on send. It's a flag recognized only by the
sending e-mail client. No code is added into the message. It just
makes sure the sending client doesn't line-wrap at a whitespace before
you want, like making sure long URLs don't get line-wrapped.
If you want to ensure the recipient will see lines as long as you
entered them without any line-wrapping, put the lines into a table, and
disable line-wrapping in the cells of the table. To hide that the lines
are in a table, don't show the borders or gridlines in the table. I can
do that in some e-mail clients. Don't know how much tabling support
that Thunderbird has, but hiding borders and cell gridlines is part of
HTML, and supposedly when you're asking about WYSIWYG editing then you
are composing in HTML format, not plain text.
By the way, the Thunderbird newsgroup is over at ---.
'---> mozilla.support.thunderbird (on news.mozilla.org on port 119)
You should find a community there that is more focused on that
particular e-mail client.