After clicking on a folder the focus must move to the right pane to the first mail



Folder and Message Lists
14 years ago
9 years ago


(Reporter: murali dharan, Unassigned)


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14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0
Build Identifier: thunderbird: version 0.9 (20041103)

The flow of using the interface usually is:

o i click on Inbox folder or anyother folder
o i want to scroll down the messages in the message list (right pane) to see
what mails i have. i often use Home and End keys since i may have sorted the
mail in different ways.

I believe this is the natural way atleast for a lot of folks. The enemies tool
(Outlook) does this by default for example.

It will be nice if such a focus policy is offered atleast as a user preference
if you do not agree that this should be the default way to handle the mail

The user preference could be probably stated as:

Mail browsing style: 
   o After clicking on a folder
        o  focus moves to the first mail in the right pane
        o  focus remains in the Folders list
        o  focus moves to the mail open in the bottom  pane

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:

Comment 1

14 years ago
Currently the behavior is:
After clicking on a folder, the focus stays in the Folder list. So pressing a
down arrow moves the cursor to the next folder. 
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Comment 4

11 years ago
im still interested in this
Resolution: EXPIRED → ---
QA Contact: front-end


10 years ago
Assignee: mscott → nobody
I thinks this is wrong.

If the focus move automatically on the right pane on first mail, how can you use popup menu on folder (e.g. "compact", "property", etc).

I thisk this should be INVALID.

Reporter, any comment on this?
Component: Mail Window Front End → Folder and Message Lists
QA Contact: front-end → folders-message-lists
Marco, any issues with accessibility wrt. this proposed enh?
Hi Gary, I have a massive issue with this. For any keyboard user, jumping focus just because of selecting a folder is an absolute nightmare, IMO. For blind people especially, because they usually first need to hear the folder navigated to. Pulling the focus away from the folder list automatically is simply going to be a no-go for productivity. And BTW: I hated Outlook for doing it big time when I still had to do it.

If you want to do a special mouse interaction model that is separate from the keyboard, that could be discussion-worthy. But since usually clicking on a folder means the same as selecting it via the arrow keys, for keyboardists this should never ever happen!
RESO WONTFIX per the many accessibility issues this will cause. Thanks Marco for comment #7. Reporter, please see comment #7 on why this will never be implemented.
Last Resolved: 13 years ago9 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX

Comment 9

9 years ago
Despite the bug title, I think the gist of this feature request is to put more intelligence into which message is scrolled to, selected, and shown in the message pane when navigating to a folder.  It seems to me that if this happens and focus remains in the folder pane then keyboard users (myself included) and everyone could be happy.

There's already a 500 ms or so delay when using the down-arrow key to navigate folders so there would be no unnecessary drawing of the message list.

As an example:

If there are unread messages then automatically select and show the oldest or newest unread (depending on if the messages are sorted by ascending or descending date, respectively).  Otherwise select and show the newest read message.

Of course that would have to take into account the pref mailnews.remember_selected_message, perhaps by only considering this pref if the user has already visited this folder in this session (which I believe is already how it works).
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