Leni Mayo at
Fri Sep 16 01:40:53 UTC 2011

My experience around this says that you should try to sync the maximum 
number of fields possible per provider (which changes over time) and you 
should also document the mapping clearly because some subset of users 
are skeptical and will track down to the last detail exactly what sync 
is doing and will provide lots of feedback (complaint).

Also, I think the use-case of two-way sync is by far the dominant one. 
ie. far more people want that vs. one-way either TB ==> remote or remote 
==> TB.


On 16/09/11 11:32 AM, Andreas Nilsson wrote:
> On 2011-09-08 17:02, Mike Conley wrote:
>> So my idea is to allow the address book to know about "content
>> providers", and to allow syncing across those providers. Whether or
>> not that provider is Google Contacts, LDAP, Plaxo, your OSX address
>> book, Sync, etc.
>> It's a bit tricky, since the fields that these providers support don't
>> always map 1-to-1, but my vision is that you'd add a contact to
>> Thunderbird, and, with your permission, it'd appear in your GMail
>> contacts...your OSX address book...your iPhone/Android/B2G phone via
>> Sync.
> Perhaps a second best option would be to go for some kind of
> lowest-common-detonator?
> Say it at least syncs the Name, E-mail and phone number, always
> something. :)
> Just for reference and inspiration, here is the wiki page for the new
> GNOME address book (front end) that Alexander Larsson and Allan Day
> recently implemented for the upcoming version. The wiki page have some
> screenshots of other systems address books UI's as well.
> - Andreas
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