Thunderbird prefs redesign (aka mega-prefs)

Mark Banner bugzilla at
Mon Dec 27 09:34:12 UTC 2010

On Mon Dec 27 02:54:28 2010, Jim wrote:
 > On Sun, Dec 26, 2010 at 8:59 PM, Leni< at> wrote:
 >> On 27/12/2010 8:10 AM, Jim wrote:
 >>> * Extensibility
 >>> Add-ons (e.g. Lightning) will probably want to put stuff in the
 >>> mega-prefs window, so we should make it easy to hook into. Not too
 >>> much to say here, really.
 >> Just wanted to raise the use case that it's nice for addon 
developers to be
 >> able to describe to users how to get at and modify addon-specific 
prefs in
 >> plain language.
 > With an extensible preferences system, this is 100% up to the addon
 > developers. They can put things wherever they think makes sense for
 > their addons.

Last I knew extension authors were encouraged to keep their preferences 
in separate windows to provide clarity and distinction (and hence 
avoiding cluttering the main prefernences). Obviously there may be a few 
situations where extending preferences alongside the existing ones make 
sense and we should cater for that.


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