[lug] Fixed-width fonts for email?
jeffrey.haemer at gmail.com
Thu Dec 4 15:43:15 MST 2008
(And yup, that's the kind of thing I could do in Gmail, too. By default,
though, it's variable-width all the way. Getting to fixed-width requires
When I was a boy, and had to walk backwards to the liquor store, through the
snow, uphill, both ways, all our mail clients were terminal-based and used
fixed-width fonts. We all hand-crafted ASCII graphics into our mail
messages with impunity.
Now, maybe, not so much.
I get boxes like these -- or even more elaborate, mysterious figures drawn
with "+" and "|" and "-" -- about once a year, and I think, "WTF?"
On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 3:11 PM, Zan Lynx <zlynx at acm.org> wrote:
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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
> > intended in my typical mail client (Gmail). My early email clients
> > 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
> > 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.
> - --
> Zan Lynx
> zlynx at acm.org
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Jeffrey Haemer <jeffrey.haemer at gmail.com>
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