statusbar usage in the main UI
neandr at gmx.de
Thu May 19 16:28:35 UTC 2011
A "not a good idea" from the extension arena!
Such a move would be the same as with Firefox.
A lot of extensions make a lot & important use of the statusbar.
See: Adblock, Fire/Chromebug, Locale Switcher, ReminderFox and many
more. Pl. see the FX community comments.
Finally FX has the "Add-on Bar" .. basically the statusbar which is
switch off by default. With ReminderFox we had -- and have !! -- big
problems with our users to explain the new behavior. And the result: the
statusbar/add-on bar is switch on to have the full feature set back ..
And the statusbar has also important use for Thunderbird: see other
answers to this thread.
Maybe there are other, better contributions for "some vertical space"?!
A much more efficient approach would be to change / modernize the whole
"main UI" concept.
Today from the UI top down to the first message line in the
threadPaneContext we have the UI title and 5 (!) menu bars (main, tool,
tabs, the folder header & filter menu bar (if switched on),
threadPaneContext header line). To redesign this could bring much more
vertical space compared to the little statusbar height.
An idea for that: see http://www.reuters.com/news.
And TB/FX/Gecko has good tools for that: panels.
More information about the tb-planning