Example: Why I believe we need a new HTML editor

Ben Bucksch ben.bucksch at beonex.com
Mon Feb 22 01:48:19 UTC 2016

Ben Bucksch wrote on 22.02.2016 02:45:
> Matt Harris wrote on 20.02.2016 15:47:
>> coloured quote levels, I like them, almost as much as I like 
>> Thunderbird's block quoting with lines.  But we offer no 
>> customization at all,  after all it is up to the user if they want to 
>> do something stupid with the customization like white text on a white 
>> background, or try and retrieve mail very minute.
> I think we'd make a lot of users happy, if we optionally allowed all 
> quotes to appear in colors - in the reader, not the composer.
> In preferences, or even directly in the reader somewhere ("direct 
> manipulation" mantra of UI), show quotes in colors. Different color 
> for a different level.
> Advantage: All messages would appear like this for that end user.
> This would be a really nice feature. And it would be trivial to 
> implement - it's merely a CSS stylesheet. We wanted to add this 15 
> years ago, but just never got around to it. There must be a bugzilla 
> feature bug about it somewhere, too.


> Relevant extensions:
> https://addons.mozilla.org/de/thunderbird/addon/quote-colors/
> https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/smarttemplate4/
> It can't be the default, because some people have difficulty reading 
> text in certain colors. For the same reason, senders should not set that.
> This illustrates my main point: Messages should be style-formatted by 
> the reader, not the sender. I understand that this point eludes most 
> users, but it's nonetheless valid. It only becomes evident when you 
> think yourself into the reader.
> Font sizes (standard size for base text and quotes) are another good 
> example. Elderly people like to make big fonts when writing messages - 
> because they find it easier to read for themselves - understandable. 
> What they will be saying is that they want to make fonts bigger when 
> composing. What they really want is to make fonts bigger for 
> themselves - and for all messages: composer and reader alike, even 
> while writing a message, but also while reading. At the same time, 
> readers should not get their big fonts. It would make my eyes fall out.
> Ergonomics dictate that all messages that I read should have the same 
> base font and size and color, no matter who wrote it.
> Ben

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