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

Magnus Melin mkmelin+mozilla at iki.fi
Sat Oct 5 11:47:17 UTC 2019


For general UI discussions we have the ux list - 
https://thunderbird.topicbox.com/groups/ux
When you have more concrete suggestions, file a bug in bugzilla.

The compose area is getting some love soon, follow bug 440377.

  -Magnus

On 04-10-2019 23:58, Richard LEGER wrote:
> 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 
> <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 
> <https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=8507360> and here 
> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=8524840 
> <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 
> <https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1102861> and mocked up 
> here https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=8532502 
> <https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=8532502> and here 
> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=8532503 
> <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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