allow selecting messages via selection boxes instead of classic selection



Folder and Message Lists
4 years ago
4 years ago


(Reporter: William Algie, Unassigned)


(Blocks: 1 bug)

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4 years ago
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:29.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/29.0 (Beta/Release)
Build ID: 20140506152807

Steps to reproduce:

This is a request for a future feature.

Actual results:

This is a request to place a selection box to the left of each message.

Expected results:

When a single message is selected or several messages are selected by the selection box, right clicking should bring up a selection menu that contains delete the message/s plus other selections.

Comment 1

4 years ago
This could actually be interesting.
So you propose to add a selection box before each message where you click to put a checkmark to select the message. So the current set of selected messages woulc be comprised of the messages having the checkmark, not those that are selected by the current highlight system. The checkmarks would persist even if you loose the selection e.g. by mis-clicking. This would allow complex selection without the risk of loosing it easily. This could also be useful for people with disabilities/elderly or with buggy hardware.
This could be done as an optional column in the message list pane. If the column is shown, the checkmarks are respected. If not, normal selection rules apply. This would hopefully need just some small change to functions like nsMsgDBView::GetSelectedIndices (but not sure if they would be happy about peeking into UI elements).

Also, there is an existing implementation of this: Lotus Notes does it.
Severity: normal → enhancement
Ever confirmed: true
OS: Windows XP → All
Hardware: x86 → All
Summary: inbox message selection boxes → allow selecting messages via selection boxes instead of classic selection
Version: 11 → Trunk


4 years ago
Blocks: 1019652
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