From: Daryle Walker (darylew_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-07-23 04:11:37
On 7/21/04 3:46 PM, "Miro Jurisic" <macdev_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> In article <40FE1975.3090809_at_[hidden]>,
> Rene Rivera <grafik.list_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>>> Finally, URL line wrapping is a well-understood problem, with a recommended
>>> practice (namely, enclosing URLs in text inside <>, as I did above) codified
>>> in the current URL RFC. Every email and usenet client I am aware of does the
>>> right thing with line-wrapped URLs in angle brackets.
>> Obviously not true for your own client: MT-NewsWatcher/3.4 (PPC Mac OS X). Or
>> perhaps it's my client, Mozilla Thunderbird, not reading it correctly. But
>> certainly two common programs.
> My client DTRT, but from reports throughout this thread, it sounds like
> Mozilla is broken in this regard, which is very sad.
>From the readings here, I think more clients are broken than handle this
correctly. (My client, MS Entourage X, also got the original poster's URL
> For those of you interested in getting this class of bugs fixed in your
> newsreaders and mail clients, please file bugs referring to appendix of RFC
> 1738, which states:
> [...] it is convenient to have a separate syntactic wrapper that delimits the
> URL and separates it from the rest of the text, and in particular from
> punctuation marks that might be mistaken for part of the URL. For this
> purpose, is recommended that angle brackets ("<" and ">"), along with the
> prefix "URL:", be used to delimit the boundaries of the URL. This wrapper
> does not form part of the URL and should not be used in contexts in which
> delimiters are already specified.
I think the original poster forgot the "URL:" part.
> In some cases, extra whitespace (spaces, linebreaks, tabs, etc.) may need to
> be added to break long URLs across lines. The whitespace should be ignored
> when extracting the URL.
The problem isn't the white space. The real problem is that the character
that ends an URL bracketing is the same as the usual line quoting character
(">"). Unless your client is _really_ smart, multi-line URLs get cut off at
the beginning of their second line.
> Given the feedback here, I am less adamantly against tinyurl, although I would
> still prefer to avoid it (but that's easy for me, because my client works :-)
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