> For some reason when you read messages they do not adapt to the screen
> size. Here is a little bit of the explanation of why this could be
1) OP is sending email to/from this list using Yahoo mail. He doesn't
care about Yahoo mail. He doesn't care what his messages to/from this
list look like in Yahoo mail. He doesn't care about Yahoo mail.
2) He is sending email to/from his boss at work using Alpine. He cares
what his email _to_ his boss looks like when his boss reads it in Outlook.
He doesn't care what anyone else's email to him looks like in Alpine
(ostensibly because it looks fine).
OP: you need to get yourself a Windows box and run Outlook and send
yourself test messages. Borrow one, dual-boot, use a terminal server if
your company has one, etc; but somehow, you need to run Outlook yourself
so you can personally experiment and see both sides of the transaction.
You need to check the headers and the raw message bodies to see exactly
what's coming through to Outlook. Once you know that, you can begin the
process of trying to make your messages look good in Outlook.
For what it's worth, I also use Alpine in a corporate environment and send
from Alpine to folks who read theit mail with Outlook. Flowed text works
fine for me. In both native Outlook and the Outlook Web Access client,
going back at least five years, it has always worked fine. I use the
builtin pico editor most of the time, and occassionally shell out to vim
(with ^_) when I want to selectively disable flowed text (e.g., quoting
long log lines). In the latter case, I usually finish composing in vim,
and then come back to the builtin pico and ctrl-J to justify/re-flow the
parts of the message other than the long log lines. Over in Outlook, the
client can shrink his window tiny, or blow it up huge, and it always looks
So if it's not working for you, either Alpine is setup wrong (double-check
your config), or else Outlook or Exchange is doing something funky. I
have no idea how MS products work, so I can't really help you with the
Also, as I've said before, I do think it would be useful to have a
minimal, _optional_ HTML wrapper mode in Alpine, that basically just sets
the MIME type to text/html and wraps the whole message body in
<html></html>. It doesn't have to be the default; it doesn't have to be
huge and bloated (certainly it should be smaller than the existing HTML
support for parsing/displaying HTML mails). And clearly some folks would
find it useful.
I'm willing to do the work here (coding, testing, maintaining a patch if
Eduardo doesn't want it upstream for some reason), I just haven't found
time yet to work on it. If anyone wants to help -- even just sending
pointers on the organization of the code base and where this would fit --
please let me know.