FIGURE 4: The COMPOSE MESSAGE Screen
The COMPOSE MESSAGE screen consists of the following fields:
There are several commands with which you will want to become familiar in the MESSAGE TEXT screen:
Many times you will want to respond to a piece of mail that someone has sent to you. Pine has a Reply command which allows you to reply to the author of the message (and anyone else too). You can invoke the Reply command from either the FOLDER INDEX screen or the MESSAGE TEXT screen. When you reply to a message, one or more questions will appear in the Information Line of your screen depending on the nature of the message. The first is
with a Key Menu of three responses:
^C Cancel Y Yes N [No]
Pine is asking if you want to include the original message in the reply. Often it's a good idea to include the text, to ensure a context for your reply.
The command that appears inside the brackets "[No]" is the default command. If you just press the Return key, you will select what is inside the brackets.
Your COMPOSE MESSAGE REPLY Screen will have the original author's name on the To: line. If you chose to include the text, the original text will have a ">" ahead of each line. This is to indicate that text is being quoted from another source. For example, consider the following:
FIGURE 5: The COMPOSE MESSAGE REPLY Screen
It is a good idea (as well as general Network Etiquette) only to include relevant portions of the original text. In the above example, you should remove the line "> John." because the person's name is irrelevant to the reply and the first three lines alone are sufficient to give John the context of your comments.
A second question will appear if the original message was sent to multiple recipients or a group:
Another question will appear prior to the second if the original message contains a Reply-To: address that is different from the sender's own address.
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