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
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
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
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
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
emails, not digest. Today, there were only 100 or
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