103.0a1 (2022-06-13) (64-bit), Win10
As things stand (and we haven't changed that for 102), mailing lists are conceptually (and technically) contained in their parent address book, and consequently, they are displayed side by side with contacts. This makes sense:
- matches the containing AB concept
- ux-consistent with similar trees (e.g. subfolders in file manager)
- simplifies and enables searching for mailing lists (!).
Unfortunately, the mailing list items in the list have become pretty much no-op, which is a confusing, error-prone, and counter-intuitive regression over TB 91.
- Have a mailing list
List1 with several members in an address book, e.g.
Personal Address Book.
All Address Books (factory default view iirc), or
Personal Address Book.
- In the list of contacts (not in directory pane), select the mailing list.
- Try to perform the following actions on the selected list:
- View list contents/members
- Edit list
- Export list
- Selected mailing list shows up empty in the view pane (which is completely blank). Iow, viewing the list from here is not possible. This is quite error-prone as users may get confused and delete the list, wrongly believing that it is empty (so this becomes a case of ux-error-prevention).
Edit the list from here - what!? (
Double-click does nothing,
Enter does nothing, no
Edit action on context menu, and nothing on main menu either). But editing aka list management is one of the main actions for lists in the AB.
Export is also missing (compared to the mailing context menu in the directory tree - why are context menus even different?)
- Selected mailing list should show something in the view pane
- list name, [description], and list of members
- ideally with a list toolbar for more actions, esp.
Write (with dropdown flavors: To, CC, Bcc), and
- Selected mailing list should be editable
Edit button in view pane
Edit action in context menu
Edit as default action (
Enter on selected list to edit)
- Mailing list context menu should be the same between directory list and contacts list
- For consistency, add
Export action also to the context menu of a mailing list in contacts list
Fwiw, the workaround of going through the directory tree to view or edit mailing lists won't cure the problem in the contacts list, won't work for
All Address Books, and defeats the convenience and efficiency of being able to search for a mailing list and view or edit it directly from the list of found items.