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Quoting and deleting // was Rules

From:Adrian Morgan <morg0072@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 13, 2000, 0:55
Roger Mills wrote:

> Perhaps the problem is that in some email programs (mine for instance), > if you hit "Reply" to a digest msg., the entire digest is copied. (AOL > did not do this, when I was using it last winter) Lots of tiresome > deleting.
Tiresome deleting ... ha! I read on Egroups and then post through Brown. To do this I must: 1) Copy the text from the egroups page and paste it into a new mail message. 2) Because of, I guess, the way that the egroups page is layed out, this generates _massive_ left hand margins. Now, Notepad used to be available on these computers, and that was great because to get rid of those margins I could first of all paste into Notepad and then run search-and-replace to recursively replace all double-spaces with single-spaces. However, the _only_ programs accessible on these computers now are Netscape and Telnet (and Pine through Telnet), so I can't do that. 3) Therefore I have to delete the margins manually. Unfortunately, as Pine resides on a Unix server, the <del> key doesn't do what it's bl%dy well supposed to do - it behaves as though it were <backspace> (stupid, stupid). And because you can't use the mouse interactively with Telnet/Pine (except for copying text), I can't highlight the margin and select 'cut' or anything sensible like that. No, the _only_ I can delete the margins is to go backspace, backspace, backspace (repeat n times), down arrow, right, right, right (repeat n), backspace, backspace, backspace, ..., down, right, right, right, ..., and so on. It's a bl%dy nuisance and I have to do it _every_ time I post! 4) Of course, since I copy/paste the message from egroups I also have to add the quote marks in manually. Angled bracket, space, down, left, left, angled bracket, space, down, left, left, angled bracket, sp ... It's even more laborious than _that_, because I do an extra <space>-<backspace> on each line to check that the text doesn't dribble too close to the right margin. 5) The only saving grace is the delete-a-whole-line feature in Unix programs, which is Crtl-K. This is useful for snipping. * End of rant. * Appendix: Sample of raw text copied in from egroups: --------------------------------------------------- probably possible to tell the program not to do that, but I find it's simpler to select, copy and paste the desired text into a "new message". Or perhaps it's a Yahoo thing. Or, tell Conlang to send you individual emails, not digest. Today, there were only 100 or so....:-[ -- web. | Here and there I like to preserve a few islands of sanity | within the vast sea of absurdity which is my mind. member/ | After all, you can't survive as an eight foot tall dragon | flesh eating dragon if you've got no concept of reality.