I've been thinking along those lines but I am not sure how it would wrap after all the spaces have been changed to
another problem is that for a short line, the stripes won't run to the end but rather just to the length of text present on that line. maybe outputing to pdf while more complicated would be less of a hack. no idea of how to do it in perl though
I've been searching the web and it seems strange that no-one has tackled this before. I do remember a html editor once had that option. maybe webedit?