Line length in plain text emails

Email software has the nasty habit of breaking up lines of text in inconvenient places. As a result, your carefully written newsletter can appear like this:

Email software has the nasty habit of breaking up lines of text in inconvenient
places.
As a result, your carefully written newsletter can
appear like this.

The solution is to keep lines short and to add hard returns at the end of each one. The consensus is that restricting each line to 65 characters offers the greatest protection against jagged formatting problems. When editing and formatting a text newsletter, set your editing software to a width of 65 characters with automatic hard returns.

If your software can’t do this, you can simply adjust the margins of your text editor so the lines wrap at 65 characters. Then when you’re done, run the cursor or mouse down the side of the page and hit the enter button at the start of every line not already preceded by a hard return.

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