Status of the "Compose in a tab" experiment

Mark Banner mbanner at
Wed Apr 6 21:37:10 UTC 2011

On 05/04/2011 11:42, Tanstaafl wrote:
> Is there something about this new compose feature that makes it only
> workable in a tab? Or is that just the way you've designed it? The HTML
> composition bugs in TBird are really my only remaining real gripe
> nowadays, and I sure hope the new composer won't *require* the use of
> composing in tabs...
Don't forget this is just an experiment at the moment.

Something that we're currently discussing for longer term is to 
eradicate the separated code for the standalone message window. This 
does not mean getting rid of the standalone message window - more just 
that behind the scenes it'll actually be the same window type as the 
main three pane window.

There would be various advantages to this approach, e.g. a single 
message tab could be torn off into its own separate window that looks 
just like the standalone message window as it is currently but with the 
tab UI hidden. However, we could also use the approach for compose.

The changes would reduce the need for the code duplication - once 
something is created in a tab, you can also display it as a standalone 

We've not started on this yet, and it really is in the early stages of 
discussion, but I thought I'd bring it up now as it should help to 
simplify doing extensions like this.


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