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Mozilla Thunderbird Gets Extension Support

Wednesday June 18th, 2003

New Mozilla Thunderbird builds with support for installing extensions have been released. Read Scott MacGregor's Thunderbird Builds forum posting for more details. A page of information about creating extensions has been published and Scott has already released the first official add-on, Offline Support. More extensions are available from Extension Room, which also hosts XUL-based add-ons for other Mozilla products.


#24 Re: Re: Need some extra thought

by plwong

Friday June 20th, 2003 8:37 AM

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Well, many people may not need or care about it.

I care about it because when reading information/novels online, smooth scroll allows me to read while I'm scrolling down.Being able to read while scrolling speeds up searches when you know exactly what you want to find (search function doesn't really work when you're not finding certain words). Also, this saves time when you're reading (since you can read while scrolling), and it's especially true when you're reading novels with a few thousand pages or more. It's just hard to do that without smooth scroll.

Further more, you sometimes may need to find where you are reading after a (larger) scroll without smooth scroll. It is a lot easier for your eyes to trace where you're reading when smooth scroll is on.

More importantly, I do recognise that using smooth scroll does slower the speed that my eyes get tired.

Those are some reasons I like smooth scroll, and I am never a IE user. (Well, I do have to use IE for 1 site I go to.. but not any others..)

What I think is that Smooth Scroll is not really a functional feature. It is like an enhancement of "look and feel". Smooth scroll should not be large and heavy (<-- just a guess??). So why not just put it in the core?

For example, let's assume OpenOffice have such "extension approach" also. We know OpenOffice's buttons are not beautiful (not that I care, it's just example). If an OpenOffice developer have checked in some more "beautiful" buttons, will they make it an extensions or just put it in core? They'll probably just put it in core. My idea is that it does not hurt to include such light enhancement in "look and feel" into core.