Bug 245245 - No good way to control word wrap
Summary: No good way to control word wrap
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Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: evolution   
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Version: 6
Hardware: All Linux
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Assignee: Matthew Barnes
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2007-06-21 20:45 UTC by Robert Peterson
Modified: 2010-01-14 17:00 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-10-07 00:14:03 UTC
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GNOME Bugzilla 408707 None None None Never

Description Robert Peterson 2007-06-21 20:45:26 UTC
Description of problem:
Evolution is really bad about word-wrapping and the ability to turn
it off.  Today I ditched Thunderbird and went to Evolution because
Thunderbird was taking liberties with my content, deleting spaces and
such.  I looked all over the Evolution preferences trying to find
settings relating to word wrap.  I found none.  IMHO, that's just bad.
So: under "Composer preferences" there should be a check box so I can
turn word wrap off.  In fact, I NEVER want word wrap because I always
do my own formatting, and often, I'm sending patches as inline text
that are destroyed by it. Email clients should NOT change my content.

Now I know there's a button that says "Preformat", but it's user-
unfriendly.  First of all, it's unclear what it means and that it has
anything to do with word wrap.  Second, there's a "Preformat"
in the body, and another "Preformat" under Format->Heading and it's
unclear which is which or what the difference is (if any).
Changing it after the fact doesn't seem to undo the damage, but I
didn't spend a lot of time playing with it either.

At the very least, you should be able to select a default text type
so you don't have to pull down "Preformat" for every email you
compose.  It needs to be a user preference.  Start it out as "Normal"
but let the user change it to default to Preformat.  I still think a 
simple check box for word wrap is more clear to ordinary users.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Compose an email
2. Select and paste in a bunch of source code from xemacs for example
3. Hit the send button
Actual results:
Your source code is destroyed by word-wrap.

Expected results:
Email should not take liberties with my content unless I allow it.

Additional info:
Sorry if I come off as sounding brash, but I shouldn't have to use mutt
to compose a simple email and have it arrive at the other end unscathed.
Programs like Thunderbird and Evolution can do better.

Comment 1 Matthew Barnes 2007-10-07 00:14:03 UTC
This sounds very much along the lines of Ben Kahn's blog post about useability
problems with Evolution's composer.


He opened an upstream bug [1] to track the problem, and the upstream developers
(including myself) are laying the groundwork to start addressing these issues. 
Please feel free to add comments to the discussion upstream.

[1] http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=408707

Comment 2 Sami Wagiaalla 2010-01-14 17:00:36 UTC
I actually want Thunderbird to word wrap my message but leave patches alone.
I found this plug-in (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/2351) which allows to user to easily toggle word wrap, but it is tedious to turn ww on and off.

Maybe the compose window should have a paste box which does not format content for pasting patches, code, etc. 

Or maybe just a seperator:




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