>> Peter Hutnick even makes an appearance.
>> The thing most noteworthy to me was this link:
>> Seems like we should take hints from this while we design the templating
>> system. For example, in order to let template designers accomplish
>> things like drag and drop message and folder management, it might be
>> useful to make the API flexible enough to expose entry points that can
>> be called in an AJAX-like manner (w/out returning full HTML pages).
>> Even if that is too far off for us, I think modularizing things as much
>> as possible is always something to keep in mind - as soon as template
>> systems start to pop up, there will be requests to do all kinds of
>> things we never dreamed of, so we don't want to mire the new API in a
>> static list of fixed page offerings...
> What is squirrelmail's general philosophy on it's "look"? Does it want
> to compete in this visual-appeal arena or is it proud of it's basic
> html-only, olde style interface?
> Personally, as an email provider, i think the end user places
> visual-appeal as quite a high priority. They DO want something that
> looks nice and feels nice.
> I can envision a lot of people finding it harder to defend the current
> squirrelmail interface once these 'slick drag and drop' types start to
> become more prolific.
> I gave a presentation last week to a large institution. When it came to
> webmail I showed a screenshot of squirremail. One of the comments was
> that it looked a little 'drab'.
> Templating should certainly make it possible for a huge amount of
> innovation to be possible on the UI. Once an email client has a solid
> reputation that "it just works" (and Squirrelmail is here) it then has
> to compete on a different playing field where looks start to matter more.
Squirrel Mail is getting there, but with so few releases and such a slow
pace to templating it just takes away the wish. I've seen plenty of people
come ready to template and help out in one way or another and go away as
soon as they came without having done anything for Squirrel. All that will
As soon as I read the article I pointed it out to my ISP. We've got
RoundCube installed already. Right now is in test mode, but if all works
correctly it will be moved into production. Squirrel might be kept for
those who wish to still use it, but guess that users will prefer the
RoundCube interface any day.
With RoundCube being PHP, some needed features might not be that hard to
port. I see our SysAdmin porting features from Squirrel into RoundCube
(both GPL) whenever he finds the time. Having said that, nothing like a
templating squirrel mail, but once that's in place, some time in the
future, we will still have to skin it properly, iron bugs and what not...
what? 2 years from now at best?
Hope is not lost, though.
Keep it up.
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