E-less Fiancé (a procedural question)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Apr 19 13:49:10 UTC 2000

>What On Earth is a BLAH BLAH BLAH button?

Well, this only applies if you're using Eudora.  But if so, when you're
reading a message (not when you're WRITING one!), there are three little
boxes atop the menu bar of the MESSAGE, just below the very top part where
the message is identified by its sender, date, and (short form of) title.
These little boxes are just to the left of the long horizontal box
containing the full title of the message.  The leftmost box contains a
small triangle, the next one to the right an ellipsis ... followed by a
small pencil with an eraser, and the third and last box contains three
lines of type, each consisting of the 'word' BLAH, although the uppermost
is the darkest and the lowest BLAH is so faint you may have to squint to
read it.  That's the box or button you click to get your message to appear
in all its unesthetic (but visible) glory, complete with the "nsbp"s where
the html commands were in the original.


>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
>> Of Laurence Horn
>> Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2000 9:49 PM
>> Subject: Re: E-less Fiancé (a procedural question)
>> Carol Snow kindly wrote me (concerning our old problem reading
>> invisible mail):
>> >Hmm.  I've been told that even 4.0 should have the "blah, blah"
>> box at the
>> >top of the menu when you open a message.   Mine is just above
>> the fon/size
>> >boxes.  If this is not the case, then after you open the message
>> that seems
>> >to have no content, choose Open In Browser from the File menu.  With luck
>> >it will launch Netscape and the message will appear.  Copying
>> won't do the
>> >job.
>> >good luck!
>> >
>> >
>> Hallelujah:  not only was I indeed able to view the invisible message in
>> Netscape by using the "Open in Browser" command, but when I was all set to
>> mention that I still couldn't find the Blah Blah Blah
>> button--there it was.
>> I don't know how I missed it before; I must have been looking for Blah in
>> all the wrong places.  So for everyone else who's in the same predicament:
>> 1)  the Open in Browser approach is really the best, since that doesn't
>> produce all the garbage that shows up when you use...
>> 2)  the BLAH BLAH BLAH method
>> But if you do want to go the BLAH route, the relevant button is (on my
>> Eudora system) the third one from the left atop the actual message window,
>> NOT in the Eudora menu bar.  Sorry to everyone for having been so dense
>> when you tried to enlighten me earlier.  And please everyone...it's still
>> easier if you use un-html-encoded mail, as everyone has indeed been doing
>> on ADS since our last flurry of discussion on this point.
>> larry

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