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At 6:17 AM 8/25/93 -0700, Dave Crocker wrote:
>at a word bounday. My own guess is that one does NOT want the rule to
>be to break at the half-way mark, but rather to break as close to the
>right margin as you can get.
I wonder about that. People are accustomed to reading newspaper columns,
are uniform short lines. I know from experience that people bitch a lot
they get text that has straggling words.
Good point. Certainly it is better to have "even" margins than to have
things vary. Enforcing that, in this case, could be a challenge, though,
since it would require wrapping ALL lines, independent of whether q-p
had forced them to be too long. Then, there is the matter of HOW MUCH
too long a given line is. Then, there is the matter of folding figures
and making them unreadable.
So, I guess that taking the view that the original formatting be preserved
as much as possible, with q-p side-effects wrapped in a "overflow"
format, is a visually safer path and problem also a much easier algorithm.
If you right-shift it, how does a MIME reader know that all that whitespace
is unintentional? There is QP for "ignore this line break" but not for
"ignore this run of spaces", unless I missed it. I can imagine uses for
such a thing, but it's not there, is it?