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Line wrapping for smart phones - Was: 18.04 LTS installation failure

On Mon, 10 Jun 2019 11:50:20 +0200, Liam Proven wrote:
If somebody should be interested, there's a thread at
<a href="https://lists.claws-mail.org/pipermail/users/2019-June/024247.html" title="https://lists.claws-mail.org/pipermail/users/2019-June/024247.html">https://lists.claws-mail.org/pipermail/users/2019-June/024247.html</a>.

Somebody already posted a screenshot of a smart phone text, that is
broken due to line wrapping at 72 chars. Smart phone users expect all
other computer users to resize windows to wrap lines, which not
necessarily does the job, usually it's required to side scroll, while
they simply could rotate the text or don't use a smart phone at all.

My bank replied to my complain related to the new online banking web
site, that became unclear, that it now could be used with a smart phone.
Are people using smart phones in their home offices? Are people doing
banking in the streets? Why don't they use a tablet computer, if they
want a portable device?

What next? Carpenters using a smart phones to nail?
Shouldn't carpenters continue using hammers or nailguns instead of
smart phones?

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Re: Line wrapping for smart phones - Was: 18.04 LTS installation

By Liam Proven at 06/10/2019 - 08:24

On Mon, 10 Jun 2019 at 14:10, Ralf Mardorf via ubuntu-users
<ubuntu- ... at lists dot ubuntu.com> wrote:
This debate came up on the ClassicCmp mailing lists a couple of years
ago. I was very surprised that people _wanted_ hard line wrapping. I
do not want it myself and I regard myself as a strong "email
traditionalist".

Yes, I thought unwrapped would be more useful and flexible. But
apparently many old mail clients can't wrap text on their own. I did
not know this. The ones I used in the 1980s and early 1990s could. (I
have an email archive of all my mail back to 1993. Sadly I lost the
first 2 years on the CIX account in my signature, which is now 28
years old.)

So?

Yes.

Yes.

That means they need 2 devices. For about a billion people, especially
in Asia, their smartphone *is* their computer.

You know that in recent years, PC sales are well under 100 million
units a year? About 69 million last year. A year or 2 earlier, 88
million.

Smartphones sell 1.5 *billion* a year.

The entire PC market is a tiny rounding error on the smartphone market.

Cellphones already replaced landlines, PCs, laptops and tablets for
most people. In much of Africa there is no landline phone network or
cabled internet; there are only mobile networks and backhaul for the
mobile masts, nothing else.

On my team at $DAYJOB I have a colleague in Washington State USA. Not
far from the HQ of Microsoft.

She uses a satellite dish for Internet. She can't get wired internet.
This is normal.

Smartphones are computers. For most people, today, they are their only
computers. Nearly half the human race is not online yet. For them,
smartphones will be the only computers they ever know.

This is why it is so very tragic that Ubuntu killed its
smartphone/tablet product.