#460 Collapse and expand threads

Bill Wohler

To: mh-e-devel at lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: Re: Some ideas from IBM
Organization: Newt Software
X-Mailer: MH-E 7.4.3+cvs; nmh 1.1-RC1; GNU Emacs 21.3.1
From: Bill Wohler <wohler at newt.com>
Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2003 12:02:05 -0800
Message-ID: <27461.1071000125@newt.com>

Yes, Gnus collapses threads and shows a ... at the end of the subject.
It's actually quite effective. When you open the first article, then the
rest of the articles appear in the Summary (MH-Folder) buffer. In MH-E,
the ... could appear at the end (typically in the last three columns
since all 79 columns are usually used except for the shortest of
messages). I think it would be lost if it appeared after the Subject. I
think that would be better than a * in the first column.

But wait, just had an idea. How about a "+" in the first column? Many
tree controls use this to show that the folder--thread in this case--can
be expanded. We could display a - after it is expanded to show that it
can be collapsed. We could have "T c" (collapse) and "T e" (expand)
keybindings, or even "+" and "-" (although the latter clobbers
negative-argument which may or may not be a bad thing).

I'd be leery of a "popup with mouseover" feature since this feature
wouldn't be available in text mode. The T map mods I suggested would
be sufficient.

I'll have to read the rest of the information on remail. Always good to
see some good ideas. Thanks for passing that along.

Bill Wohler <wohler at newt.com> http://www.newt.com/wohler/ GnuPG ID:610BD9AD
Maintainer of comp.mail.mh FAQ and MH-E. Vote Libertarian!
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  • Bill Wohler

    Bill Wohler - 2013-02-23
    • labels: General -->
  • Bill Wohler

    Bill Wohler - 2013-02-23

    Ticket moved from /p/mh-e/feature-requests/149/

  • Bill Wohler

    Bill Wohler - 2013-02-23
    • Status: open --> unread
  • Bill Wohler

    Bill Wohler - 2016-01-18
    • status: unread --> open

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