TB65 & legacy Addon Reminderfox -- EOL

John Bieling john.bieling at gmx.de
Mon Jan 21 11:32:22 UTC 2019

Hello everybody,

The only WebExtension I know is owl, maybe one can look at that?

As for the UI part, is the no longer working xul overlaying the main problem?

When I converted TbSync from legacy to bootstrapped, I did not want to convert all my xul overlays to JavaScript overlays so I created my own OverlayManager which does the conversion for me (on the fly). It is not perfect and cannot overlay everything, but made the transition from legacy to bootstrapped not so painful and I could continue to use most of my xul files.

I have not started to work on WebExtension, because so much is still changing, but the principal should be the same. I do not know, if my OverlayManager could be useful to others.

Does anyone know what the future of „backported“ overlay support for legacy addons in TB64? Can we somehow continue to use it from WebExtension?


> Am 21.01.2019 um 11:49 schrieb Axel Grude <axel.grude at gmail.com>:
>  Garrafrauns, 21/Jan/2019 10:48
> Thanks for the heads up.
> Can somebody point me to the page that listed an entry point for Interface rewrite efforts? I remember seeing one on the Wiki which was systematized but can't find it anymore. I still want to go forward (even though I haven't even started to make my Add-ons compatible with 60.1 - I feel there is a "quantum leap" necessary - I tried removing install.rdf and  writing a manifest.json for SmartTemplate⁴ but didn't get far even making it "installable". 
> I have no choice but to make my Add-ons future proof because I now largely live of them. I don't even have a feel for whether "the time and effort" for rewriting will be worth it (or whether I can manage it) in any way ...
> reminder that we should do a guided walkthrough / developer hangout with somebody who has successfully converted their Add-on. The documentation isn wither not there or very obscured and I have no clue how to write it myself...
> Axel
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>> Subject:TB65 & legacy Addon Reminderfox -- EOL
>> From:Neandr <neandr at gmx.de>
>> To:Tb-planning <tb-planning at mozilla.org> 
>> Sent: Monday, 1/21/2019, 00:14 00:14 GMT ST +0000 [Week 4]
>> After more then 12 years working with the Mozilla technology and contributing to Reminderfox, today I have to say 'Good Bye'.
>> The Reminderfox team could not follow the changes required for Thunderbird 65. Not quite clear what the reasons are, but the alternatives - implementing the necessary changes for the legacy technique or rewriting with web extension - take an enormous amount of time and effort. The team sees no way to do that.
>> This move is also a bit due to a lack of technical advice and instructions for add-ons. The Thunderbird development team is doing a great job, a job that requires a lot of work for the core. Let my say: Big Thanks for that! 
>> But an important Thunderbird asset is its addons, and for that the authors should get more technical support. 
>> The Reminderfox team has inform it's user base about the upcoming end-of-lifetime -- Please see here
>> Bye
>> Günter
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