Example: Why I believe we need a new HTML editor

Tanstaafl tanstaafl at libertytrek.org
Tue Feb 23 14:22:05 UTC 2016

Top-posting because all I can say is...

What Ben said...

While a reasonably featured HTML composer is an eventual must if TB
wants to remain relevant in the coming years, some things should be left
to the reader, and Ben nailed just what those things should be.

Too bad we can't force other readers to adhere to standards...

On 2/21/2016 8:45 PM, Ben Bucksch <ben.bucksch at beonex.com> wrote:
> 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.

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