[lug] Fixed-width fonts for email?

Zan Lynx zlynx at acm.org
Thu Dec 4 15:11:39 MST 2008

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Jeffrey Haemer wrote:
> Do you still use fixed-width fonts to read email?
> I occasionally get email that contains ASCII graphics.  That won't work as
> intended in my typical mail client (Gmail).   My early email clients (mail,
> Mail, mailx, ...) were fixed-width, but those haven't been my primary
> clients for years.
> The Dan Rather/CBS News forgeries suggest that even by 2004, most
> non-technical people were unaware that fixed-width fonts had ever existed.
> We geeks, however, still use them daily for programming.
> So, how about it?  Does your default mail reader still format the box,
> below, as a box, with nice, lined-up edges and corners?  Just curious.
> +----------------+
> | THIS IS A BOX. |
> +----------------+

In Thunderbird's default settings, it did not look like a box.  However,
now that I have looked at the options, I have changed plain text view to
use fixed width font display and it does look like a box.

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