2002-10-24 13:54:21
I'm trying to understand the format parameter in text/plain messages, and how format=flowed is handled by MHonArc.

This is an extract from RFC2646:
      Starts          Ends in
      with            One or             Line
      Quote           More Spaces        Type
      ------          -----------        ---------------
      no              no                 unquoted, fixed
      yes             no                 quoted,   fixed
      no              yes                unquoted, flowed
      yes             yes                quoted,   flowed

According to the table, a line that does not end with a space shall be displayed in fixed format, whether it starts with the '>' character or not.

MHonArc seems to put only *quoted* lines that not end with a space within <pre></pre> elements, while other such lines are displayed with the default font. (The 'nonfixed' argument is not set. Tested with Perl 5.00503 freebsd and 5.6.1 MSWin32.)

I have tried to follow the code in for the flowed format, but it's too much for me... ;-) Since I'm using Mozilla Mail, which seems to set format=flowed whether I like it or not, I'm extra interested in understanding this better.

Anyone who can bring some light on this topic?

/ Gunnar

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