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Re: lines longer than 79 characters

From: Floyd L. Davidson
Subject: Re: lines longer than 79 characters
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2004 17:39:15 -0000
User-agent: gnus 5.10.6/XEmacs 21.4.15/Linux 2.6.5

Fabian Braennstroem <address@hidden> wrote:
>Thanks to both! M-q works fine.

Just, please... *don't* set the fill column to 79!  A much more
reasonable value is 60-65.  There are two very good reasons for
that.  One is that lines longer than about 65 columns are more
difficult to read.  But more imporantly, if your article is
quoted in a followup, the quote prefix added to the left margin
will make lines wrapped at 79 too long to display on an 80
character terminal.  Lots of software is set to wrap long before
80 columns anyway, and what your text will look like if it is
quoted and then run through somebody else's reading software, is

The above paragraph was reformatted using M-q, but the fill
column was set to 64.

FloydL. Davidson           <>
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