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lynx-dev LYNX: need another option: turn off auto-reFormat

From: David Combs
Subject: lynx-dev LYNX: need another option: turn off auto-reFormat
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 1999 12:31:38 -0800 (PST)

When printing out various documents "narrowly" 
(stty cols 79, vs 132)

, what would be nice is to go in "wide" fmt to a page
of links to various things I'd like to print,
THEN ^Z   go-narrow,  fg, AND LEAVE IT THAT WAY.

(which I cannot do today -- I must ^Z set it back
wide again, and fg, THEN "go back")

That is, working from a WIDE page, 
I click on a link, I want THAT PAGE to come up
NARROW.  Maybe I print it, maybe I don't (ie after looking
at the contents).

THEN -- and HERE is the problem -- I then "go back" (H) to the
links page -- which I (and you) want to show WIDE (else you can't
read it very easily, with the strings to the right of the
[links] taking sometimes the entire 132.)

Because if you show THAT page at 79, and it becomes REALLY 
hard to see.

Here's the PROBLEM: when done looking at and maybe printing
that (narrow) page, I want to return to the links-page.

PROBLEM: doing that vikeys "h" (go back) REFORMATS THE PAGE!

But I don't WANT it to do that -- at least not when
in this mode of looking at a links page and maybe printing
various articles linked-to BY this links-page.

(NOR do I want to have to ^Z, set screen wide, fg, and ONLY
THEN "go back" to that links page (via "h").  Why not?

Because is it not only a REPEATED pain to do all these
^Zs and set ttys and fgs, I often FORGET to do it (and
so will you!).


Easy solution: an OPTION, to toggle the "feature" --
settable OF COURSE on the options-page (ie NOT only via a setting
in a file) -- because you of course want to turn this 
option OFF and later on BACK ON again.


It is unfortunate that there seems to be a religious argument
for keeping the option page to ONE screenfull.

The gain from adding another (useful) option FAR OUTWEIGHS
the "pain" (what pain?  Not for me!) of having more than
one screenfull.

(Screenfull on what?  24-line screen? 70-line screen?  Palm-pilot screen?)



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