From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Wed, 03 Jun 1998 15:50:18 -0400 Fwd Date: Wed, 03 Jun 1998 15:50:18 -0400 Subject: Formatting Posts to UpDates using CompuServe v2.x For subscribers who asked for help with formatting messages sent to UpDates via Compuserve, and there are more than two, His Grace The Duke of Mendoza has asked that I forward the following. For which I am, on behalf of the many Compuserve served UpDates subscribers, eternally grateful. ebk __________________________________________________ Formatting Posts to UpDates using CompuServe v2.x Under either the Reply option or the Create Mail option, the blank message window has a box in the TOP RIGHT hand corner with two radio buttons: one labelled "Reformattable" and the other "Send as Shown". The first is the default. If you click on the "Send as Shown" button, you'll see in the BOTTOM LEFT hand corner of the message window a box saying Right Margin: and next to that, in a separate box, a number. This is the number of characters in the line. The default under "Send as Shown" is 78. Highlight or delete that and set whatever number of chars/line you want. (There is also an inverted triangle to the right of the number, which gives various preset line lengths, but the shortest is 72 chars. You can't customize this list.) Setting it for 65 chars gives some leeway for quote marks when (if) anyone wants to reply to your message & saves them reformatting the quote to fit the 70-char line. Quote marks: it is a pain that, in Reply mode, C'Serve v2.x software doesn't automatically reprint the message to which you're replying and insert "quote marks" (>) at the beginning of each line. You just have to stick them in yourself. For this reason, C'Serve users - unlike some - rarely recycle huge 23K posts just for the sake of dropping in a three-line comment at the end of every fourth paragraph. However, C'Serve v3.x does perform this useful function when using the Reply option. I believe you can download it from somewhere on one of the CIS forums. Be warned, however. It bellows an ineradicable welcome message at you when it opens, it is hideously ugly to look at and it consumes vast amounts of hard disk space (about 7 megs as I recall) for no great advantage. But you may find it useful, especially as CompuServe becomes more & more a web-based service provider, for which v2.x is not geared.
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