[kdepim-users] Kmail Paragraph Spacing

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at kde.org
Mon Nov 2 23:46:39 GMT 2009

On Monday 02 November 2009, djmills at netspace.net.au wrote:
> Hi Jan,
> I did a little test.  I copied one of my emails to drafts, then used
> emacs to edit and stripped out the format "-qt-paragraph-type:empty;
> ".  Saved this and then went to the drafts folder with KMail.  The
> email still looks the same.  I double checked that I had my edited
> copy by pressing v to see the message source.  I had the right one. 
> So that's not it.

Try removing "margin-top:0px; margin-bottom:0px;".

> Doesn't matter.  openSUSE 11.2 is coming out in 9 days.  I'll upgrade
> to that and hopefully this bug will disappear.

Since Jonathan is already using the latest version of KDE I wouldn't put 
too much hope into this upgrade.

> By the way.  I had always thought that when replying to an email the
> reply should appear above the original quoted text.  I have started
> to notice that other people such as yourself do the opposite - put
> the reply text below the original message.

This observation is not 100 % accurate. The reply text is not put simply 
below the original message, but the original quoted text is 
interspersed with the reply text. Additionally, parts of the original 
text which are not relevant for the reply are removed. In my 
experience, almost everybody in the OpenSource world uses this style.

I think the main reason for the other style (full quote of the original 
message below the reply) is that some email clients used in the 
corporate world (e.g. Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes) make it 
extremely hard or even impossible to use the interspersed style. This 
is why, again in my experience, this style appears to be very common in 
the corporate world. My assumption is that this style is preferred in 
the corporate world because it matches very closely how replying works 
with paper mail.

On the KDE mailing lists we definitely prefer the interspersed style.

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