I’ve made peace with mostly top-posting my email replies in the name of efficiency.
But there are often times when I want to bottom-post my reply to address a specific section.
I finally broke down a wrote a script to automate the transformation of Mail.app’s top-post format to my preferred bottom-post format.
That is, it turns this:
| -jwr On Nov 30, 2010, at 1:13 AM, Grumble Mumble wrote: > we made some turkey and fixings... time for christmas cookies...
On Nov 30, 2010, at 1:13 AM, Grumble Mumble wrote: > we made some turkey and fixings... time for christmas cookies... | -jwr
Where I denote the insertion point’s location with the pipe character.
The script assumes your .sig is one line and your reply message window is frontmost:
-- delay a second to give me time to release the -- FastScript-invocation command key modifiers before -- the script runs delay 1 tell application "System Events" set downArrow to 125 set upArrow to 126 set backspace to (ASCII character 8) -- select first 4 lines key code upArrow using command down repeat 4 times key code downArrow using shift down end repeat -- move those 4 lines to the bottom keystroke "x" using command down key code downArrow using command down keystroke "v" using command down -- delete 2 trailing lines keystroke backspace keystroke backspace -- delete extra line between "On $DATE $SENDER wrote" and quote key code upArrow using command down key code downArrow keystroke backspace -- position insertion point to reply area, adding another line key code downArrow using command down key code upArrow key code upArrow keystroke (ASCII character 13) end tell
It would be nice if I didn’t trash the clipboard’s contents when moving the top lines to the bottom, but I’m out of patience for this little project.
I’ve bound it to Command-Shift-Option-Down-Arrow using FastScripts.