Worthwhile Thunderbird projects/addons?

Ludovic Hirlimann ludovic at mozillamessaging.com
Tue Dec 21 06:38:00 UTC 2010

On 21/12/10 06:56, Jim wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 7:10 PM, Bryan Clark<clarkbw at gnome.org>  wrote:
>> Dragons!  But if you were to start on something like this I would give my
>> (new) standard recommendation.  Start with a tab and a browser element and
>> HTML.  We could then flatten all the preferences and account settings into a
>> single page with some accordion like expand collapse trickery.  This would
>> be slightly difficult work because it's full of crazy edge cases but you
>> could also transition the existing UI over as you implemented different
>> pieces.
> The only thing that concerns me about this plan is the "HTML" part.
> One of the things that always bothered me a little about the Gloda
> search UI was that it looked more like a webpage than something native
> to the OS. I suppose using HTML instead of XUL doesn't technically
> restrict how it looks, though it would make it more difficult to use
> XUL-only controls.
> There are some places where this works out (e.g. the ill-fated updates
> to account central and folders), but in general, I prefer UI that
> looks OS-native, since (in my non-scientific opinion), it has lower
> mental overhead and makes everything look like it fits together.
> Instinctively, I'd also keep the prefs and account settings separate,
> but that may just be because that's what I'm used to.
>> * Update address book backend to support SQLite (may be a big project)
>> * Update address book UI
>> I think these two are one in the same because you really need to start with
>> a new storage system to have more than two email addresses, etc.
> That's what I was afraid of. Updating the address books is pretty
> important to me, but it's also big enough that I don't know if I'd
> have time to finish it before I got sick of it. ;) In more general
> terms, this is probably one of the things keeping people from doing
> some of the bigger projects, like implementing Sieve. I'm not sure of
> a good way to fix this, though.
Speaking of which https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=sieve the 
bug as most of the work done , it "just needs" to be released as an 
extension, that might be of some interest to you :D

Ludovic Hirlimann MozillaMessaging QA lead

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