User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.4) Gecko/20030819 Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.4) Gecko/20030819 If I set Preferences | Mail&News | Composition | Wrap plain text msgs at N characters to 0, messages shouldn't be wrapped (If I'm not mistaken). But once text reaches the editing widget's right edge, it wraps to the next line. I think that, instead of this, horizontal scrollbar should appear and stuff should scroll to the right. There should be no-wrap mode! Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. 2. 3.
There are two different wraps that are coming in to play here: When you set that preference, you are saying that the line length on outgoing mail should not be restricted. And in fact, if you set the preference to 0 and then send a message to yourself with a long line of text, on reading that message, you will see that there are no "hard line breaks" -- as you resize the message, the text will reflow to the window edge, until the window is wider than the line that was sent. However, Mozilla (almost always) wraps text in a message or compose window so that you can see the whole thing without scrolling. Sometimes, it leads to staggered looking text like this: This text was written with a wrap line of fifty characters, but is being viewed in a window that's only forty characters wide. (The above "message" would have been written without "format=flowed" to show up that way; this feature is described by RFC 2046 and was designed to avoid exactly this problem.) The one case where I regularly see horizontal scrollbar in a message window is in a reply with quoted text, where the original message was written with no wrap, and without format=flowed. In that case, the quoted lines are shown in the compose window at their full original length, extending beyond the window edge as necessary. On receipt, viewing that same message shows the quoted text reflowed to the window edge again. None of this is to say that this bug is invalid: I can certainly see how disabling the wrap-to-window feature could get in the way. There is a preference, mail.wrap_long_lines, but I don't see any difference in behavior in either message viewing or composition when that is set false.
There are two prefs: mail.wrap_long_lines mail.compose.wrap_to_window_width The first one is accessible via Preferences. The 2nd is hidden. To access the hidden pref, type "about:config" in the location bar. Please resolve this bug as INVALID if setting the pref works.
Thanks for pointing that out, Daniel... but: The default value for mail.compose.wrap_to_window_length is false; and I see wrapping of the text during composition regardless of the setting of this preference. I notice (*finally* :) that about:config has a 'filter' field at the top; entering "wrap" into that field shows a half-dozen wrap-related preferences. As far as I can tell, three of these do not work as expected; in fact, changing any of them has no apparent effect at all: mail.compose.wrap_to_window_length default: false mail.wrap_long_lines default: true news.wrap_long_lines default: true The first of these has a setting in the preference window: "Wrap text to fit window width" in Mail&Newsgroups|Message Display I'm updating the summary to indicate this problem; Jack Angel, I hope that's OK with you. view_source.wrap_long_lines *does* work as expected in the View Source window. Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.5) Gecko/20030916 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.6a) Gecko/20030923
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
Summary: plain text messages wrap even if wrapping is disabled (set to 0) → Preferences controlling wrap-to-window ignored, always wraps (Message Display, Compose)
OS: Linux → All
Hardware: PC → All
Setting Preferences|Mail&News|Message Display|Wrap plain text msgs to false did some change - the scrollbar had appeared (the behaviour I was looking for). Is this bug now invalid or someone thinks there is more?
Jack Angel: by setting that preference, you got the scrollbar on your compose window? What is your setting for the following? (Find these by entering about:config in your browser's location bar.) mail.compose.wrap_to_window_width mailnews.display.disable_format_flowed_support I'm not getting a horizontal scrollbar in either the compose or message-view windows, no matter what I try.
yes mail.compose.wrap_to_window_width = false mailnews.display.disable_format_flowed_support = false
Do you have scrollbar with these options, Mike?
No, I'm not getting a horizontal scrollbar for either the compose or message windows. And I've found a much earlier report of the same problem, which I should have found before. *** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 116688 ***
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 15 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
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