Worthwhile Thunderbird projects/addons?

Jim squibblyflabbetydoo at gmail.com
Wed Dec 22 19:42:30 UTC 2010


On Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 3:58 AM, Bryan Clark <clarkbw at gnome.org> wrote:
> They might want to remain separate, I'm not sure as I haven't tried some
> real prototypes yet.  The designs I have break everything down by behavior
> first and then account specific differences within that.
...
> Instead I think with a single compose behavior category we would have people
> choose the default behavior of HTML or Plain Text and then select accounts
> which are exceptions to that rule.  Something like:

This seems reasonable, and I think I was looking at
non-account-related stuff in the options when I said they should be
separate. Still, I think it would be worthwhile to clean things up a
bit in the short term. For instance, in Options, change "Display" to
"Reading" and move the "Advanced -> Reading & Display" tab to "Reading
-> General". Those options aren't really very "Advanced", and I think
it would help to limit complaints about, say, the "Show only display
names for people in my address book" option (we might also add an
option to disable the "You" shorthand:
<https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=619461>).

There are probably other similar things in Options and Account
Settings that could just be moved around to make things nicer in the
short term until we move to a better-organized layout.

Another thing that might be useful in this hypothetical
Options+Account Settings page would be a search box to filter the
categories/options. Miranda IM (well-known for its nearly obscene
number of options) does this and it helps out quite a bit.

- Jim



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