Open Bug 1774036 Opened 2 years ago Updated 2 years ago

Show link URL in status bar when hovering links in composition (no in-place mouse way to check URL of certain links)


(Thunderbird :: Message Compose Window, defect, P3)

Thunderbird 90


(Not tracked)


(Reporter: thomas8, Unassigned)


(Depends on 1 open bug)


(Keywords: ux-control, ux-error-prevention)

+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #1716397 +++

We should at least show the URL of links (esp. those with link text, like the best Email client) when the user hovers or focuses the link (as we do in message reader).

This will enable users to at least double-check the link URL, which will provide some relief for Bug #1716397, which is pretty bad UX. Links may get more attention and exposure as users are trying out our new link preview feature.

For getting the link URL, inspecting Insert link (Ctrl+K) action may help, which works and provides all the necessary selection handling.

Editing a link with link text in composition is seriously broken for mouse users in 90.0b1 (32-Bit), Windows 10, and also half-broken for links whose text is an URL. It's now a gambling game if double-click on certain parts of the link succeeds to trigger link properties or not. Editing one-word links like here or this is now impossible with mouse. As a workaround, editing the link via Insert > Link (pretty counter-intuitive) or Ctrl+K works.

See Also: → 695142
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