The infamous Mozilla core editor

Axel Grude axel.grude at
Fri Mar 6 13:47:20 UTC 2015

I know there is a bug for this but I cannot find it:

  * In HTML mode, "Paragraph" style should be preselected, not body.
  * Enter should create / split <p> </p>
  * Shift-Enter should create <br>

So many people get it wrong (only press Enter once) and then their paragraphs are 
"glued together". This is something so fundamental, and works so well in Outlook. 
Expectation in HTML is that pressing Enter simply starts a new paragraph. 
Unfortunately most people have no concept of paragraphs, but they see them all the 
time in their word editing / layout software. Most of these have a visibility switch 
for paragraph marks.


*Axel Grude <mailto:axel.grude at>*
Software Developer
Thunderbird Add-ons Developer (QuickFolders, quickFilters, QuickPasswords, Zombie 
Keys, SmartTemplate4)
AMO Editor Get Thunderbird!

> *Subject:* Re: The infamous Mozilla core editor
> *To:* tb-planning at
> *From: *Jörg Knobloch
> *Sent: *Friday, 06/03/2015 06:15:17 06:15 GMT ST +0000 [Week 9]
> On 6/03/2015 00:25, R Kent James wrote:
>> Just to be clear, there are no current plans to try to persuade Mozilla to increase 
>> their support of areas that are important to Thunderbird, either directly or 
>> indirectly. (This is partly because we hear from multiple Mozilla sources that it 
>> would be a waste of effort to do so).
> This is the part that for a newcomer is very hard to understand. The architecture is 
> such that a "core" product exists, call it as you wish, Mozilla Central, Firefox, 
> Gecko, that is used by a plethora of "add-on" applications, Thunderbird being the 
> most important one.
> Mozilla actively "advertise" embedding their product:
> How can it be possible that a product actively used by other software and actively 
> advertised to other projects is not maintained in a way that at least blatant bugs 
> are fixed?
> (Note: The other area Thunderbird is experiencing problems with is the "toolkit" 
> used for auto-complete when entering recipients.)
>> Our current goals are to operate as an independent project under the Mozilla 
>> umbrella, to be allowed to raise funds and otherwise operate as a legitimate, 
>> self-governing group. As far as we know there are no serious policy obstacles to 
>> this, only procedural issues that we are trying to overcome. 
> That is fine and understood. However, the argument - as far as I understood - will 
> be that Thunderbird is an important product supplied by Mozilla, that its usage is 
> increasing, that there are many voices calling for better support, etc. So why can't 
> one of the facets be better support for Mozilla's core product?
> Let's waste the time and get a *clear statement* on that before ripping out the 
> existing editor and replacing it with something else as some people suggested !
> Kind regards, Jorg K.
> P.S.: As Ehsan explained: The editor has two modes, the simple text mode which is 
> used for - dare I say without being able to supply statistics - most text entry 
> fields on the web, and the HTML mode used by Thunderbird and on rare occasions also 
> elsewhere. I personally have not seen any website using it, although Ehsan once said 
> he noticed an editor bug when using Gmail.
> P.S.2: I'm happy that no one criticised my statement that it is important for the 
> perception of the quality of Thunderbird that entering recipient addresses and text 
> body works without obvious errors.
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