Mail 2.0: Another ugly glitch when composing mail

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Mail
May 25th, 2005 • 6:31 am

Configure Mail so that it automatically adds one of your signatures when you create a reply to a message, and also so that it quotes the entire message in the body of the reply.

Now select a plain-text message (I haven’t tested this with HTML e-mail) in your Inbox and hit “Reply” to compose such a reply.

The body of the reply will contain the quoted text from the original message, followed by the signature that Mail automatically appends at the end of the body of the message.

Now take your mouse and use it to select the last few lines of quoted text and the signature at the bottom of the message. When you do this, make sure that you are selecting complete lines of text, i.e. that the selection starts at the very beginning of a line of quoted text. (In other words, make sure that there is no extra space character left at the beginning of the first line of the selection, otherwise this won’t work.)

Once you’ve selected this, press the Delete or the Forward Delete key. Mail deletes the selection and, as expected, places the cursor after the quoted text, so that you can type stuff.

But look what happens when you start typing… The text you are typing is not quoted (it’s yours), but Mail colours it… in blue, as if it were quoted text.


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