Status of the "Compose in a tab" experiment

Jonathan Protzenko jonathan.protzenko at
Tue Apr 5 20:11:14 UTC 2011

My point is many people are more proficient with HTML than with XUL. 
Andy Chung, for instance, does nothing but HTML designs. And he's using 
-moz-box-flex, which *is* the XUL box model. What's left that XUL has 
and HTML hasn't? <xul:description crop="end"> to emulate text-overflow: 
ellipsis that gecko *still* hasn't implemented.  What else? Menus, but 
these will come somehow with HTML5. A few native widgets...

There's little fresh blood coming to the Thunderbird world. I don't 
think we can afford to be picky. Anyone who's talented with HTML could 
be help on this project, imho :-).


On Tue 05 Apr 2011 10:05:17 PM CEST, Ben Bucksch wrote:
> On 05.04.2011 21:52, Jim wrote:
>> had become pretty proficient in HTML/JS. Coming
>> into Thunderbird, I had essentially no experience writing XUL and was
>> only vaguely aware that it existed. However, I found using XUL to be
>> much less painful for the various UX enhancements I've worked on,
>> since many of the things that I'd have to rely on tricks in HTML just
>> "work" in XUL. If nothing else,<spacer> and the flex attribute have
>> been godsends for me.
> Matches my experience. Trying to do UIs in HTML has been "infuriating" 
> for me.
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