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Formatting Posts to UpDates using CompuServe v2.x

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
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.



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

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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