Worthwhile Thunderbird projects/addons?

Bryan Clark clarkbw at gnome.org
Tue Dec 21 16:41:52 UTC 2010

On 10-12-21 3:32 AM, Thomas Stache wrote:
> On 21.12.2010 10:58, Bryan Clark wrote:
>> On 10-12-20 9:56 PM, 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.
>> Right, much of it is a matter of CSS. The thing that isn't CSS and where
>> you really want to make decisions is on the widgets used. The OS look
>> often means using the tree or list widgets, which are the clunkers of UI
>> design when it comes to visualizing information; like trying to use
>> spreadsheets to visualize all your information.
> But wouldn't going further down the HTML-page-road increase the 
> problems of extensibility, like the Search Results page discussion 
> just recently made clear? Until there's a plan for extensions, I can't 
> see the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.
A good question I think there are ways to handle this in the design and 
Andrew has been thinking about this a lot more on the widget level.  
I'll let him respond but in a different thread because that question 
will drag down this topic.

~ Bryan

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