Thunderbird User Interface - Where/How to suggest changes (e.g Mockups) and trial them out?

Richard LEGER richard.leger at gmail.com
Fri Oct 4 20:58:17 UTC 2019


Hi,

*# Where/How/Who*

Generally, where is the right place to discuss anything related to the User
Interface (UI) of Thunderbird, to possibly submit suggestions/mockups in
term of layout/styling changes? Creating a bug request as new
feature/enhancement in the Thunderbird > Theme area?

Who shall I get in touch with to discuss such possible improvements and
possibly get help to trial some of them out perhaps in some way?

*# Recipient input layout/style/features*

Few years back there were a discussion here
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1042780 about "Clean up
styling for the new compose header UI styles (recipient input area) " see
some mockups published in bug report here
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=8507360 and here
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=8524840 among others as well
as discussion of allowing multiple recipients in To, Cc, Bcc fields... such
styling/feature to be integrated in TB core...

Is it still in the pipeline as possible improvement for Thunderbird? What
are the progress on this if any?

*# Slight UI layout revamp of the main window*

I would like to suggest also to revamp slightly the main window user
interface to regroup essential action buttons all in one smaller area
(instead of apart here and there as currently) accessible at ALL time from
anywhere/anytime while simplifying... as part of TB Core...

For example the tab area in main Thunderbird windows could look like this
text mockup:

*[TM]*
[M][A][C][T][AS][S][Tab1][Tab2]........................................[TabX][-][□][X]
---^-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Main Content...

Where each *[letter/word]* represent an already existing *icon*/action
button:

*[TM]* = *Thunderbird Menu* icon (the three horizontal bar icon)
*[M] *= *Mail *icon (that would act as the Mail tab currently name Home) -
this tab would always be active like currently.
*[A]* = *Addressbook *icon (click on it would open the addressbook window
that eventually could be integrated as a tab as well at some point perhaps
instead of a separate windows - Also Addresbook work could be replaced by
*Contacts* instead to fit what most people use now a days)
*[C]* = *Calendar* icon (that would act as calendar tab when activated by a
click on it)
*[T]* = *Tasks* icon (that would act as calendar tab when activated by a
click on it)
*[AS]* = *Advanced Search* icon (click on it would open the Message Advance
Search  window that eventually could be integrated as a tab as well at some
point perhaps instead of a separate windows). For this one another possible
alternative could be to "Integrate 'Search Message...' window into the main
UI + Add button for quick toggling between folder view and search view +
Extend features" as described previously here
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1102861 and mocked up here
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=8532502 and here
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=8532503
*[S]* = *Settings* icon (that would act as Settings tab when activated by a
click on it)
*[TabX] *=* Tabs*
*[-]* = *Minimise* Window icon
*[□]* = *Maximise* Windows icon
*[X]* = *Close* Thunderbird main window (ideally should be equivalent to
File > Exit but that is another matter)

*Alternative HTML Alt/Title* text could be used when *mouse over* on each
icon to get a *description* of what each one represent. To keep it
intuitively comprehensible for people what each icon means.

Just some suggestions that could be discussed elsewhere where ever more
appropriate than on the mailing list...

Regards,
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