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[Groff] Lesson: e-mail address coding in documents.

From: Eddie Maddox
Subject: [Groff] Lesson: e-mail address coding in documents.
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 19:46:14 -0500 (EST)

On Thu, 16 Dec 1999, Werner LEMBERG wrote:

> > > > .  There are some problems with the HTML version of the README
> > > > and NEWS file.  Closing parentheses, full stops, etc. have a
> > > > space in front of it (due to missing mail addresses) which cause
> > > > very bad line breaks.  This should be fixed.
> > 
> > I checked with Netscape.  It looks no different from using Lynx.
> > Which isn't so bad except all the e-mail addresses have no HTML
> > tags, only <> or () for us humans.  I will tidy all those up and
> > that should be about it.
> Well, I haven't checked your latest version yet, but the old one
> showed no <...> at all with my Netscape 4.51, instead some plain space
> characters are displayed.

OK. I use Lynx here mostly. It has the "\" key set to toggle between
rendered and unrendered. Very handy. So you can examine a goofy site and
see how the HTML tags are screwed up, causing the screwed up rendering
like you saw.

I am using Netscape 4.6 (on Mandrake 6.1) sometimes so I now know what you
are discribing. It is the _causes_ I was refering to with <> and ().
The e-mail addresses are there, but like this:
<address@hidden>, rather than this:
<a href="mailto:address@hidden";>address@hidden</a>.

Both Lynx and Netscape tried to figure out what to do with the <> and ()
style and gave up. Hence the empty spaces when it rendered the page for

Lesson: do not use <> or () to bracket stuff without checking the results
you get. [] seems to work so you'll notice I used them in a couple places
where appropriate. 

Eddie Maddox

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