The arrow keys can be used in all three mail panes (switch folders/accounts in folder pane, switch message in thread pane, scroll message in message pane). However, there is no visual cue as to which pane has focus, so the user doesn't know what to expect when she clicks Up or Down. (NS 4.7 had added an outline around the folder and thred pane if you clicked in it).
I think hangas was working on this a while back. Paul?
Assignee: phil → hangas
Ah yes, an old favorite of mine. I have the blessing of UE to add a rectangle around each of these panes. There are still bugs that prevent this from working perfectly but I will see if I can get it working partially. Upgrading from enhancement to normal severity.
Severity: enhancement → normal
Status: NEW → ASSIGNED
Target Milestone: M15
QA Contact: lchiang → nbaca
Summary: Add visual cue as to which pane the focus is in → UI: Add visual cue as to which pane the focus is in
Mass moving to M16 to get these off the M15 radar. Please let me know if this is really an M15 stopper.
Target Milestone: M15 → M16
Not beta2 stopper. Marking M18. Please let me know if you disagree.
Target Milestone: M16 → M18
hmm, this bug should no longer be assigned to hangas. reassign to putterman.
Assignee: hangas → putterman
Status: ASSIGNED → NEW
we have another bug to make sure the selection is showing focus correctly(blue or grey). I think we can live without this for this release. moving to future milestone.
Target Milestone: M18 → Future
I am not clear on the last comment from putterman. Are we saying that this is a duplicate of another bug or that this will not be in for RTM. This is must have functionality for RTM in the opinion of the UI group. So if there is another bug that is open to fix this issue please point me at it, otherwise I nominate this one for nsbeta3 and remove the future milestone. This is on the "Must Fix List" from UI Eng. If MailNews is unable to fix this critical UI issue please send it to me so that I can plus it and borrow an engineer to fix it.
Target Milestone: Future → ---
my comments referred to the fact that in both the address book and mail window, you can't tell which pane has focus because both the thread pane and folder pane selection are dark blue (compared to light grey for the disabled one and blue for the selected one). We have a bug to fix this fact. I belive we can live without the focus rectangle.
Mail triage is giving this an nsbeta3-. Paul if you guys want to fix this please take the bug.
Taking bug. This is a must fix. Marking nsbeta3. Showing a blue vs gray selection is not enough because it is possible to not be focused on either tree in which case there is no way to tell what is going on because both trees would show a gray selection.
Whiteboard: [nsbeta3-] → [nsbeta3+]
Target Milestone: --- → M18
Taking bug at behest of Paul. Starting work on it right now.
Assignee: hangas → andreww
I have a potential fix for this ready. I'd like to review it with Paul before I check it in.
Status: NEW → ASSIGNED
I posted the diffs for implementing a 3 pane view (with css for modern as an example) Could someone review this and let me know if this is a good enough fix for this? No evil css (Hyatt).
ok, finally checked this in. I can finally mark this fixed.
Status: ASSIGNED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 18 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
there are still issues with this bug - other cases and things like getting it to work properly on Classic. Instead of this bug living forever, please file new bugs on those issues.
Build 2000-09-13-08M18: NT4, Linux 6.0, Mac 9.04 Verified Fixed. I will log seperate bugs on specific issues (i.e. Focus Ring not obvious in Thread pane using Classic)
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
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