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<TEXTAREA> WRAP="off"/"virtual"/"physical"

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I have a "Comments" field in a form.  When someone leaves a lengthy comment, and  receive it in email, it is all on one line and scrolls off the screen.  Even worse, I need to print these emails out and the comments get cut off at the screen edge.  I read that the attribute of WRAP="physical" would solve this, however it hasn't.  I checked the source code for the text field I am filling out right now and WRAP="virtual", so it *looks* like its wrapping but may not be in the actual output.  There certainly must be a solution to this...yes?  Thank you in advance:)

Follow up...to make matters worse, I have filled out a form on another website and the wrap=physical seems to work, so now it is even more confusing.

Also, I appreciate the first reply, however, a work around like that is not really an option.  I need to get the wrap to happen in the outputted email.

Thanks again if anyone can help me.
Vik
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by:Christian_Wenz
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Hi vik,

I have a completely different answer for you:

download the program "mailto: Formatter". Please contact Robert P. Fries at rpfries@interaccess.com if you can't find it.

Now if you get an email with a lengthy comment, just copy all of it into the clipboard and paste it into the pogram. The program will now convert it into a readable text and also converts special characters like Carriage returns aso.

I hope this helps. Please leave a comment if you need further information.

  Chris
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by:vik041597
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One reason for this is that maybe your CGI script or whatever you are using is not made to convert it into a readable text.  I have run into this many of times in my experiance and I have noticed that some have a problem with this.  

Another reason for this is the type of e-mail program you are using.  I personally use eudora lite and I feel it works fine for stuff like that.  

I hope this will help you in any way.  If you need another cgi-script for your page, I have one.  

Dan
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by:vik041597
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This sounds like a reasonable idea.  I am using the formail.cgi and NS 3.0.  As I have mentioned, I have gotten email from other form fields and they were "correct" in NS.  So maybe it is the version or type of cgi, as you have indicated.  If you would be so kind as to email it to me or point me to an online version, I would be most appreciative. thx...vik (vick@epix.net)
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