20050117 trunk Setting the preferences to display messages using a fixed-width font doesn't work. Tabs do not line up in the message display, but they do line up in view source.
Created attachment 171788 [details] Screenshot The top portion is the source of the message, and the bottom is the actual display of the message. Note the misalignment of tabs in the actual message display.
is this a regression from 1.0 or was the problem in 1.0 too?
Actually, this has been a problem for as long as I can remember.
(Q1) What font is set as "Monospace:" font in Tools/Options/Font settings? Check for at least "Fonts for: Western" and "Fonts for: your language". (Q2) The screen shot is plain text mail? Or a part of HTML mail? What is the charset of the mail? What is your View/"Message Body as" setting?
(In reply to comment #4) > (Q1) What font is set as "Monospace:" font in Tools/Options/Font settings? Courier New (Default) > Check for at least "Fonts for: Western" and "Fonts for: your language". The language and scripts are set correctly. > (Q2) The screen shot is plain text mail? Or a part of HTML mail? Plain-text > What is the charset of the mail? ISO-8859-1 > What is your View/"Message Body as" setting? Original HTML (Default)
(In reply to comment #5) Both screen shots look display with "Courier New"(not font related problem). Different number of spaces is used for message source display and mail display? Can you attach mail file for problem recreation? - Save the mail as ".eml" - Change personal or private data to dummy data (eg. replace mail address by email@example.com) - Attach the file to this bug as "text/plain"
Created attachment 171928 [details] Message This is the message in question. The file is saved the same way it is displayed.
I think the bug may be that Thunderbird is converting the tabs to spaces for display. You can tell by highlighting a line of tabs. Then try the same thing in View Source.
Everything mentioned so far I can reproduce in Tb 1.0
(In reply to comment #7) > Created an attachment (id=171928)  Message source display probably uses "8 spaces per tab". Mail display is probably uses "4 spaces per tab". (Almost same result when "8 spaces per tab" case and "4 spaces per tab" case on my text editor.) Discrepancy between message source display and mail display can be avoided by using same "spaces per tab". But there is no standard for number of spaces per tab. In your case, mail sender probably uses "8 spaces per tab", then "message source display" is as expected. But if mail sender uses "4 spaces per tab", "mail display" is the expected display. (My text editer's default is "4 spaces per tab".) Therefore, "spaces per tab" option will be required to display tabbed text as expected. Is it really needed as mailer's standard function? I think copy&paste to advanced text editor is sufficient, although I don't deny enhancement request.
This is similar problem to Bug 144230. > Bug 144230 : TAB stops inconsistent in compose window (8 space stops) and read window (just 4 spaces for flowed display) Adding spaces for tab character in composing was done by Bug 23547. > Bug 23547 : tab should insert spaces
This is a message I composed with Thunderbird. If it looks one way while composing, it should look the same while reading.
I'm going to mark this as a duplicate. It's the same bug. *** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 144230 ***
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 13 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
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