Message Views Coming to Mozilla in 1.3 Alpha
Monday November 4th, 2002
Seth Spitzer has posted a message to netscape.public.mozilla.mail-news about a new feature for Mail & Newsgroups known as 'message views'. The feature, coded by Scott "mscott" MacGregor, allows you to apply what are essentially saved searches to your mail folders and subscribed newsgroups. By default, several message views will be defined, including 'People I Know' (messages from people in your Personal Address Book), 'Not Junk' (which will be enabled when the spam filtering feature has landed) and the self-explanatory 'All' and 'Unread'. There's also views for each of your message labels and you'll be able to create your own views using a dialogue similar to the Search Messages UI. For more details, read the relevant thread in netscape.public.mozilla.mail-news or take a look at the bug, which includes a couple of pretty screenshots.
Monday November 4th, 2002 12:12 PM
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This is great. I've been designing an email app as my pet project for quite some time where all folders are virtual and just a result of stored search rules. It's great to see it coming to Mozilla. Many people who use Outlook totally love its "views" feature and I understand it was very liked in BeOS where the idea was even further extended.
What bothers me, though, is that the Mail & News client UI is of quite poor quality. Probably the most obvious is the "Get Messages" button which seems to NOT be working more often that it's working. I can't believe that major new features are being worked on when there are so clear broken features (that have been broken for litterally years) in the application.