Mail/News Spec Online

Monday May 10th, 1999

Arielb wrote in to say that the specs for the addressbook and mail compose are now online. They attempt to address a number of issues in the current 4.5 designs. We encourage all of you to take a look at these specs, and contribute suggestions in the mail-news newsgroup.

#4 Cluttered Toolbars

by alistair

Tuesday May 11th, 1999 7:52 AM

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I would agree that the new design does not look as clear as NS4.5. I agree that the tabs are rarely used in messenger, but to devote a large area of the screen to an attachment list seems unnecessary, could this not be a collapsible toolbar which is activated when you add an attachment. Ditto for he new FROM Toolbar, I would argue that many users who have only one account would find this unnecesary. If increased use is to be made of the bottom toolbar, why not move return receipt there?. Other than that, I like the simplified top bar and the ability to attach web pages from bookmarks. I would be nice if pages attached in this way could be edited before sending allowing comments to be added and advertisements deleted.