python simply not scaleable enough for google?

Tim Chase python.list at
Fri Nov 13 11:48:59 CET 2009

Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> Vincent, could you please fix your mail client, or news 
> client, so that it follows the standard for mail and news 
> (that is, it has a hard-break after 68 or 72 characters?

This seems an awfully curmudgeonly reply, given that
word-wrapping is also client-controllable.  Every MUA I've used
has afforded word-wrap including the venerable command-line
"mail", mutt, Thunderbird/Seamonkey, pine, Outlook & Outlook
Express...the list goes on.  If you're reading via web-based
portal, if the web-reader doesn't support wrapped lines, (1) that
sounds like a lousy reader and (2) if you absolutely must use
such a borked web-interface, you can always hack it in a good
browser with a greasemonkey-ish script or a user-level CSS "!"
important attribute to ensure that the <div> or <p> in question
wraps even if the site tries to specify otherwise.

There might be some stand-alone news-readers that aren't smart
enough to support word-wrapping/line-breaking, in which case,
join the 80's and upgrade to one that does.  Or even just pipe to
your text editor of choice:  vi, emacs, ed, cat, and even Notepad
has a "wrap long lines" sort of setting or does the right thing
by default (okay, so cat relies on your console to do the
wrapping, but it does wrap).

I can see complaining about HTML content since not all MUA's
support it.  I can see complaining about top-posting vs. inline
responses because that effects readability.  But when the issue
is entirely controllable on your end, it sounds like a personal


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