State of Thunderbird Extensions

Wayne Mery vseerror at lehigh.edu
Mon Apr 1 16:50:01 UTC 2019


On 4/1/2019 12:43 PM, Andrei Hajdukewycz wrote:
> On 2019-04-01 5:02 a.m., Jörg Knobloch wrote:
>> On 01 Apr 2019 13:34, Axel Grude wrote:
>>> I wonder if there should be two download buttons for extensions <=60 
>>> and >60 because it is currently impossible to create an Add-on that 
>>> satisfies both requirements, and the majority of current Add-on 
>>> users are on Tb 60:
>>
>> Great mock-up. Yes, that would be ideal, but most likely not easy to 
>> do. We should somehow revive the "beta capability", I would feature 
>> the release version on the left and the beta version on the right.
> Major modifications to the ATN UI are not going to happen any time 
> soon, especially not ones that involve strings, since we can't 
> localize those right now. I believe Geoff is working on a patch so 
> that the site will assume the browsing user is on the latest release 
> version of Thunderbird. That's about as good as it's going to get.
>
> In general the browser-based install workflow is so awkward and 
> underused that spending a lot of time on it makes no sense to me. If 
> it was simple to just disable it I think that would be even better 
> than trying to fix it. People should install add-ons via Thunderbird. 
> Either that or fix Thunderbird to register a custom url protocol so 
> that it could actually be linked directly to install add-ons on click. 
> But I assume there's some reason that has never been done over the years.
Indeed, this takes us back to the year 2005 
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=295462
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