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cdysthe 06-12-2006 07:50 AM

Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry8700/4.1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/100)

Hi,

Is it not possible to write your response to e-mail in between the original text? I om only able to write my response entirely above the original text. As a BB noob am I missing something obvious?

/C

d_fisher 06-12-2006 08:48 AM

As far as I can tell, it can't be done. I tried to insert text into the middle of the orginal message and it doesn't do anything. I even tried to copy part of the original message but couldn't do that either. I did not see any menu options that would enable this functionality.

cdysthe 06-12-2006 08:58 AM

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Originally Posted by d_fisher
As far as I can tell, it can't be done. I tried to insert text into the middle of the orginal message and it doesn't do anything. I even tried to copy part of the original message but couldn't do that either. I did not see any menu options that would enable this functionality.

As BB's being geared towards professional e-mail use it should in my opinion be possible to respond to e-mail without top-posting. And when it comes to Usenet news posting you could end up flamed and banned if you top-post a couple of times! :)

In fact, in my company we are urged not to top-post, but rather put the response where it belongs in the original text. With my BB I am not able to do that. To me this looks like a flaw that should be easy to fix?

Actually, just take a look at this forum: The quoted text is at least put on top of new text by default. On the BB it comes below. So even the BB forum treats this differently.. :)

/C

NJBlackBerry 06-12-2006 09:14 AM

It doesn't seem to be that crucial to a lot of people, considering that this is the first thread I've seen on the evils of top posting....

cdysthe 06-12-2006 09:42 AM

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Originally Posted by NJBlackBerry
It doesn't seem to be that crucial to a lot of people, considering that this is the first thread I've seen on the evils of top posting....

It has to be a first time for everything! ;)

Maybe it's because I'm a "hard core" e-mailer who has been doing this since the early Nineties? Oh well, I will have to take a lot of heat from colleagues now using my BB. I will try and explain that I'm not doing it on purpose. Personally I do not have a strong opinion on this, but a lot of people I correspond with do.

Some input on the issue here:

http://www.alexking.org/blog/2004/08/09/top-posting/

Alex has a balanced response to someone asking about why top-posting is such a no-no.

Still, I do not understand why the BB e-mail editor has to prevent you from editing in the original e-mail. It didn't even occur to me it wasn't possible, so I kept trying to find out how. Now I know why I didn't succeed! :)

/C

d_fisher 06-12-2006 10:13 AM

I don't by the hype about top posting on Usenet or email. But that is neither here nor there. I do agree with you that it is strange that we can't insert text into the original message. Need to suggest that for future enhancements.

SCODonnell 06-12-2006 10:32 AM

Why you can't edit the original message
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cdysthe
Still, I do not understand why the BB e-mail editor has to prevent you from editing in the original e-mail. It didn't even occur to me it wasn't possible, so I kept trying to find out how. Now I know why I didn't succeed! :)

/C

I believe I read somewhere here that when you "Reply" to a BB message, the original message is not actually re-sent with your reply. Instead, only your new comments are sent to the server (BES at least) and then the server re-assembles your comments with the original message. In this way, what actually gets transmitted from your handheld is smaller in size and thus quicker. If this is the case, that would explain why you cannot edit the original message, or put comments within the original text.

This doesn't help your situation, but at least it might explain why.

prolepsis 06-12-2006 03:51 PM

When I don't want to top post, I use a workaround.

1) Select and Copy the original email (can either do this in "reading" or "reply").
2) When Replying, Paste the copied text.
3) Click and Select "Delete Original Text".
4) Scroll and answer--I manually add > (or whatever you want) for the original parts.

A bit of a pain, especially when you have to manually add >s...

cdysthe 06-13-2006 08:47 AM

Hi,

I just downloaded and installed eOffice. The e-mail program that comes with this package allows for editing within the original message. eOffice seems like a nice package worth paying for, so problem solved for me with regards to the top-posting issue with the default BB e-mail program! :)

/C


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