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Separate web vs email?

Separate web vs email?

Posted Dec 16, 2003 23:00 UTC (Tue) by stuart2048 (guest, #6241)
Parent article: A look at Thunderbird 0.4

Do I really want separate applications for email and web browsing? An email program needs render html somehow anyways, why not keep it all in one program?

OK, ok, I understand that the html renderer lib can be shared between two apps and the software engineering process is easier with two smaller programs rather than one humungous program. Etc.

However, is there anything I would be missing by running separates, or is there really nothing to lose?

--Stuart


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Separate web vs email?

Posted Dec 17, 2003 0:09 UTC (Wed) by kdebisschop (guest, #1158) [Link]

While I suppose it can be done better, I'll give you my example why. I switched my MUA to Evolution because using Mozilla Classic + Mozilla Mail, I found that if I hit a web page that crashed or locked the browser, I lost my mail session.

This can be bad if you've just sunk an hour into crafting a very sensitive corporate-type email.

FWIW, I just tried the Mozilla combo again about a week ago, and still I find that the broswer crashes during ordinary broswing, and I still lose my mail session.

I like mozilla, and I like mozilla mail. But until they are both absolutely crash-proof, I think I will prefer separate apps. Sharing libraries is one thing, but I don't like to lose email sessions like that.

Separate web vs email?

Posted Dec 17, 2003 10:28 UTC (Wed) by horen (guest, #2514) [Link]

I agree with you 100%! I moved to Firebird/Thunderbird when they first appeared on the scene, but still need to use Mozilla for its Composer (an intricately-tabular NOC monthly schedule).

What's still missing in Thunderbird is a MozEx-like extension which will intercept selecting a URL in an email message and opening it in Firebird (or any other browser).

Like an LTR, rather than a marriage...

Separate web vs email?

Posted Dec 18, 2003 18:43 UTC (Thu) by tjc (guest, #137) [Link]

What's still missing in Thunderbird is a MozEx-like extension which will intercept selecting a URL in an email message and opening it in Firebird (or any other browser).

I haven't tried this yet, but here's some info on URL dispatching:

http://www.mozilla.org/projects/thunderbird/linuxurls.html

Separate web vs email? Yes please.

Posted Dec 18, 2003 1:55 UTC (Thu) by bignose (subscriber, #40) [Link]

> Do I really want separate applications for email and web browsing?

Only you can answer what you do or do not want. There are strong arguments in favour of keeping tools small and narrowly-defined, though; simplicity being one of the the strongest.

> An email program needs render html somehow anyways

No, it doesn't. An email client (MUA) needs to render RFC2822 messages, and should support MIME extensions also; but rendering HTML is the job of a web browser, not an email client.
http://www.american.edu/cas/econ/htmlmail.htm
http://www.georgedillon.com/web/html_email_is_evil.shtml http://www.birdhouse.org/etc/evilmail.html


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