Reply attribution

The attribution line is the line of text that precedes the quoted original message when replying to an email. It normally looks something like this:

On Thu, 10 Sep 2009 3:15, Joe Bloggs wrote:

You can customise the attribution line on the Settings → Preferences screen, going to the "Writing" section and updating the "Advanced" options by typing the pattern you wish to use in the "Reply attribution" text box in the "Compose" section.

If left blank, the default Fastmail attribution line will be used. This is localised depending on your language preference, but in English has the following definition:

%n%nOn %a, %-e %b %Y, at %-l:%M %p, %+n wrote:

This inserts two blank lines, then the line of text:

On (weekday), (day) (month) (year), at (hour):(minute) (am/pm), (name) wrote:

If you enter text into this field, it will be used as the attribution line instead. Most text you enter will be used literally, however the system will replace any %X sequence with certain values. The available substitutions are:

Sender details

Message time

Some formats like %e, %k, %l are always 2 character wide, padded with a leading space. Place a - between the % and the letter to remove this space, e.g. %-e, %-k, %-l.

Other control characters