NLP followup

Paul Makepeace paulm at
Tue Nov 13 16:35:15 GMT 2007

On Nov 13, 2007 2:50 AM, Peter Corlett <abuse at> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 12, 2007 at 11:10:12PM -0000, Chris Jack (msn) wrote:
> [...]
> > I put double CR/LFs as paragraph breaks into my original post and it
> > looked fine before I sent. I will have another look at hotmail and see if
> > there is a permanent solution.
> It's conventional to hard-wrap before column 80 too, however, your message

I think text/plain and 80-col wrapping is increasingly an anachronism.
text/html has taken over (seriously, get over it), and even where it
hasn't (like here), a mail reader should be able to display unwrapped
text/plain without leaving it unreadable. If that's not the case, my
harsh response would be "go fix it'.

Unwrapped text/plain is, IMO, actually more true to the separation of
content & presentation. Imposing linebreaks at non-grammatical points
in the text is imposing the author's presentational style, or at the
least imposing a somewhat agreed-upon convention that isn't really
necessary these days.

> was particularly unreadable as there was only a single line break between
> paragraphs, presenting it as one humongous paragraph with ludicrously-long
> lines. That helped it fall quite neatly into the "TLDR" bin.

..which is perhaps a shame as I at least thought it was a thorough,
reasonable, and thoughtful account.



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