UX Priorities.

JoeS joesab2005 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 24 20:22:44 UTC 2012


On 3/23/2012 7:41 PM, Unicorn.Consulting wrote:
> On 24/03/2012 4:54 AM, Blake Winton wrote:
>> Hey TB-Planners,
>>
>> Now that all the big features are landed, and we have some time to 
>> breathe again, I've been thinking a little bit about what we want to 
>> do on Thunderbird's front-end over the next couple of releases.
> In general I think that the compose in a tab (optional) should be at 
> the top.  In saying that, I don't see this as a compose in Tab so much 
> as either replace for fix the existing composer. The pain point for 
> users is not the absence of the tab, it is the creaking and unwieldy 
> composer code.
>
> Bug 250539 <https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=250539>   is 
> one that appears in support on a regular basis and clearly is a big issue.
>
> Users also complain that they can't edit the HTML directly (I think 
> this is an offshoot of the clunky design tools, not a real interest in 
> HTML editing. Although it would be nice to be able to switch to HTML 
> ala Blogger)
A simple workaround for that:
Edit>>Select all>>Insert HTML will allow you to edit the raw code.
>
> I would also suggest that introducing Compose in a tab without fixing 
> the composer code would be worse than doing nothing at all.  Users are 
> disgruntled but sort of accepting that the composer is clearly not 
> getting any attention.  Introducing the 'compose in a tab'  without 
> due fixes to the composer would rightly or wrongly lead users to the 
> view that the composer is receiving attention, but it is the fancy 
> stuff, not the basic usability of the composer and it more than likely 
> going to upset them
>
> Matt
>
>
I must agree completely here.
Compose in a tab is just another rendition of broken editor.
My personal opinion is that there will never be any headway on this 
issue unless the Editor components are forked.
Compose in the browser context can never be fully reconciled to the 
message context IMO

>   * Papercuts!  (Fix the easy little things that are making
>     Thunderbird worse to use.)
>       o Things like the tab you go to after closing the current tab
>         (bug 508776).
>
Yes. A "home tab" is a must.
If we are going to push "tabs" vs standalone windows, then that 
alternative should be superior.
That certainly is not the case today.
Bug 392328 <https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=392328>
After using the standalone windows mode for so many years, it's really 
hard to change.
(I'm trying , but still occasionally close the app, thinking I'm closing 
the window.

>   * Social Search.
>       o Extend OpenSearch to social networks.
>       o Also
>         http://mozillalabs.com/blog/2012/03/experimenting-with-social-features-in-firefox/
>
Don't know if we will ever make headway into this area.
I think folks are too entrenched in the "browser" way of doing things here.

Which leads me to my next point:
If we want to attract the "social media" crowd, then we must make that 
easy for them.
The basic requirement for that is easy html and multimedia access.

The Conversations extension made a step in that direction by adding an 
option to convert Youtube "links" to automatic iframe conversion.
This is what I consider a progressive agenda, It gives folks what they want.

Sadly, I still see comments relating to the age-old html vs. plaintext 
controversy around and about.
Further we should facilitate CSS in email to make email more 
web-like.(maybe some nice clean CSS templates)
Certainly these could be better than folks resorting to microsoft word 
or incredimail.
(We do support CSS, but it is discouraged in most forums)

-- 
JoeS



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