Last week I was blitzed by being cc’d on a lot of email signature related bugs. To remain calm and keep delusions of control active I started on a wiki page for Message Signatures in Thunderbird. Right now the page contains lots of links to relevant areas and ascii art mockups for choosing a default signature for accounts; it’s meant to collect thoughts, research, and define direction.
I think a general improvement plan will involve simplifying the signature selection and creation process. Here are a number of points that I think can improve the current aspects of signature management.
- Each account is created a default signature (from the person’s name and organization)
- Every signature can be edited with a built-in signature editor (created from the compose window)
- Signatures can be imported from files, but are saved in the Thunderbird profile or preferences (see bug 324495)
- A separate dialog is used for managing all signatures, with import, add, edit, remove actions as well as a link to see the signature extensions available from AMO.
Concept Mockup of Signature Chooser in Account Settings
In the relevant extensions section of the wiki page I tried to list most of the extensions that are dealing with how to use signatures in the compose window. There are a number of ways of solving this problem and lots of issues surrounding posting style that I am hesitant to battle with.
ASCII Art Side Note
I think I’ve started to use Johan’s ASCII Art Mockup post as a reference for my own ascii art; it’s good to see some style written down somewhere.