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I'm using vim+mutt to write e-mails which I send via IMAP through Google. When I include a signature file to be used, and that file contains an ASCII signature (figlet font), it is badly displayed by the (new) Yahoo web-based e-mail client (the lines look miswrapped, which makes the signature unintelligible).

However, if I copy the same signature to be included in Gmail's web-based client (in settings > use signature) and send an e-mail to Yahoo mail (in the new web-based client) using that signature, it is correctly displayed.

Another weird note is that I have set up the web-based e-mail client (that is the new Yahoo mail) to display the plain text in Courier font, but the signature still looks distorted; yet on a different Yahoo account (this time using the classic Yahoo web-based client) the figlet font signature is displayed properly, which is also the case with my web-based Gmail client if I add the Google Chrome add-on for plain text (if I don't use the add-on, the signature is, again, distorted). I'm still not sure if that has to do with the web client.

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It looks like your problem is with webmails rather than the sending side, but we can't be sure unless you give us more information. Write a one-line email, send it, and post the full headers and body (minus any identifying information). Also explain very precisely (perhaps with screenshots) how the signature looks like where it's distorted. – Gilles Dec 10 '11 at 1:50
If you have tab characters in your signature, expand them to the appropriate number of spaces. – Keith Thompson Dec 10 '11 at 2:53
Thank you so much for your answers! I will post what you requested! – chimil Dec 10 '11 at 16:09
Here are the links to screenshots: – chimil Dec 10 '11 at 16:32
Here are the links to screenshots: Normal Signature Distorted Signature Here's the header: MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii; format=flowed Content-Disposition: inline User-Agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15) If I send it with format=fixed, the signature is even more distorted. I've tried sending it in utf-8 format, and the same result occurs. Vim is also set to deal with flowed form (+w), but it imports the signature, I don't write it in it. – chimil Dec 10 '11 at 16:45

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