Re: Outlook 2003: Wrapping of plain text messages fails when set to 40 or higher
- From: "Diane Poremsky [MVP]" <diane.poremsky+msnews@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2005 18:12:51 -0400
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"Marc Kupper" <marc.kupper@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>I frequently use plain text e-mail when sending messages. I had been
> using Outlook 2000 but recently upgraded to a new machine and installed
> Office 2003 SP1 on it. I've discovered that although the
> "Automatically wrap text at X characters" setting was at 76 (the
> default) that my plain text e-mails were not getting wrapped. As a FYI
> - this option is available under Tool / Options / Mail Format (tab) /
> [Internet Format...] (button). The Outlook 2003 version is
> 11.6359.6408 SP1.
> I them set up a test file that is a series of sentences. Each sentence
> is a single word followed by a string of four character long words and
> ends in a period. In the series of sentences the first sentence has a
> one character word at the beginning, the second has a two character
> word, the third has a three character word, etc. Here's an example
> though with the middle of each sentence snipped out and replaced with
> A aahs aals aarp ... aced.
> An acer aces ache ... adrs.
> Eon adze aecs aeon ... ahas.
> Caca ahem ahhs ahoy ... aked.
> Parsi akee akes akha ... alga.
> Borsht alia alif alii ... amen.
> Using the Tools / Option menu I changed the "When Automatically wrap
> text at X characters" setting to various values, sent myself a plain
> text e-mail using the test sentences, and noted the results.
> When wrapping is set to 30 the text is wrapped so that it always fits
> in 30 characters. If the first word is longer than 30 characters it is
> truncated and wrapped. In other words, wrapping works exactly as
> When wrapping is set to 35 it works exactly the same as for 30
> characters except that the wrapping occurs at 35 characters.
> When wrapping is set to 40 things fall apart a little. The first four
> sentences were wrapped correctly but the fifth sentence is not wrapped
> at all and every fifth sentence in the list after that is not wrapped.
> It turns out these sentences have a word whose last character is
> exactly at column 40. When testing with 30 and 35 Outlook allowed for
> lines that were exactly 30 and 35 characters long. At 40 Outlook's
> wrapping gets disabled if a line would be exactly 40 characters long.
> Outlook is truncating/wrapping words that are more than 40 characters
> long but when the second or third line in the test sentence hits 40
> characters Outlook's wrapping gets disabled from that point on out for
> that sentence.
> I then backed down and tested wrap settings of 36 through 39 - They all
> worked fine and so it looks like the problem starts at 40.
> At 41 the wrapping fails like it does for 40 but it fails for lines
> that would be exactly 40 and 41 characters long. The failure is that
> wrapping gets disabled from that point on out for the line. If the
> first word is 41 or more characters long it's still truncated/wrapped
> as with wrap settings of 30 to 40.
> A wrap setting of 42 is similar to 41 and wrapping fails when lines
> would be exactly 40, 41, or 42 characters long.
> A wrap setting of 43 is similar to 42 and wrapping fails when lines
> would be exactly 40 to 43 characters long.
> At 44 on up none of my test lines are wrapped as they would always be
> within 40 to 44 characters long as the filler words I'm using are four
> characters long followed by a single space. I could construct more
> test sentences but believe I already have enough data to reproduce a
> specific problem.
> Googling about for solutions lead me to
> http://support.microsoft.com/?id=823921. The WrapLines settings seems
> to work as advertised. When WrapLines is set to 0 then Outlook never
> wraps text. However, if I don't have this setting, or it is set to 1,
> then wrapping occurs and fails exactly as documented above. Can you
> think of something else I could try to fix this?
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