[ILUG-BOM] [Tip of the day] Sigdashes

Philip Tellis philip.tellis@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Fri Jan 14 13:07:34 IST 2005

Sigdashes are a (de facto) way of specifying where your mail ends and
your signature starts.  They're pretty cool, because smart mailers and
newsreaders can do funky things when they notice sigdashes.

For example, many mail clients will strip off old signatures when
replying to mails.  This is a Good Thing, because, hey, just one
signature per mail ya?

Many mail clients, like mutt, can display signatures in a different
colour or font.

So, what /are/ sigdashes?

The character sequence "dash dash space" on a line by themselves are
collectively known as sigdashes.  It looks something like this (without
the quotes):
"-- "

Configuring your mail client to use sigdashes:

Setup | Config
 - Composer Preferences | Enable Sigdashes
 - Reply Preferences | Strip From sigdashes in reply

Mutt: (sigdashes on by default)
in .muttrc, add
set sig_dashes=yes

unless it's set to "no" in /etc/Muttrc or ~/.muttrc, you do not need to
do anything.

Thunderbird (via TagZilla):
In the TagZilla | Formatting screen, set Tagline Prefix to (without quotes)
"\n-- \n"

Thunderbird (no TagZilla) / Evolution / Web based mail:
Include the sigdashes line as the first line of your signature

Kmail / Outlook Express:
(No idea)

Go forth and spread the good news.

You mean you didn't *know* she was off making lots of little phone companies?

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