[Users] [Bug 4018] New: Provide preferences for improved readability in message view

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Fri Apr 27 11:57:54 CEST 2018


            Bug ID: 4018
           Summary: Provide preferences for improved readability in
                    message view
    Classification: Unclassified
           Product: Claws Mail
           Version: 3.16.0
          Hardware: PC
                OS: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P3
         Component: UI/Message View
          Assignee: users at lists.claws-mail.org
          Reporter: removed-gdpr at example.com

Line width (characters per line), indentation and line spacing are important
factors for text readability.

Currently CM doesn't seem to provide many options for those in message view and
the "Line space" option seems to affect only the space between paragraphs.

On a big/wide screen where a message can become quite wide it becomes difficult
to read if it is not word wrapped by the sender. That is the case even if the
program window is not fully maximized. The only way to make the message more
narrow in the standard layout (apart from opening it in a separate window) is
to reduce the overall window width. But that comes at the expense of narrowing
also the message list which truncates useful info like message date, subject,
etc. So one needs to compromise. Additionally having the message text flow
right to the edge of its frame makes it additionally difficult to read in many

This can be improved by having options for message view:

- left/right margin
- maximum width of non-wrapped text
- center (or not) the text which is narrowed as a result of the above
- easy/quick way to toggle the message view font between two possibilities,
e.g. monospaced and non-monospaced. Sometimes non-monospaced font is easier to
- perhaps even a way to scale up/down the message view font (like one does in a
browser using ctrl+/- or ctrl+scroll)

Of course it makes sense that these should be only for message view, i.e. they
should work independently of the compositing wrapping preferences. That can be
quite useful for reading news/RSS or other messages with lengthy lines.

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