[development] _drupal_wrap_mail_line()

nan wich nan_wich at bellsouth.net
Fri Oct 8 18:47:13 UTC 2010

@Gerhard: 80 lines was how long a punch card was. What a ridiculous reason to 
use 80 any more. Are you even old enough to have ever seen a punch card?  I 
almost forgot, the original IBM System/3 had punch cards of 96 columns (actually 
3 rows of 32). How about if we go back to EBCDIC or even 6 bit character 
encoding like I started with?

@Dave: First, core Drupal doesn't send HTML mail; it sends text mail. Second, 
not everyone's mail reader (even in these days) accepts HTML mail. I had to 
research sending mail for (non-Drupal) client quite a while ago, and IIRC, the 
text-based RFC required splitting (or wrapping) text lines. At the very least, 
the PHP manual highly suggests it (even now).

I absolutely agree that HTML mail should be left entirely up to the reader, not 
the sender.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -- Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

From: Dave Cohen <drupal at dave-cohen.com>
To: development at drupal.org
Sent: Fri, October 8, 2010 2:28:36 PM
Subject: Re: [development] _drupal_wrap_mail_line()

Don't get me wrong.  I'm all in favor of my mail client displaying mail in an 
easy to read fashion.  I do consider it the job of a mail client to render mail 
that is received this way.  But that's very different from mucking with what I 
type on the way out.

Software like Outlook may does such mucking.  I've lost track of how many times 
a long URL is broken by that particular mail client.  But I definately consider 
it a bug in outlook, and one of the reasons not to use it.

With markup like HTML, we consider it the job of the browser to display it 
correctly.  Email is no different.  I still don't see any reason to break the 
lines.  (Tradition not being an influence on drupal in any other area AFAIK.)



On Friday 08 October 2010 11:10:47 Gerhard Killesreiter wrote:
> > So what am I missing?  Can anyone tell me why this "feature" is in there?
> It is generally difficult to read lines that are too long. That's why
> books, newspapers etc all have some character limit. Email just
> follows this. The 80 character limit is due to early computers having
> exactly this limit.
> Cheers,
>     Gerhard
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