[Imap-protocol] Childless noselect mailboxes
tss at iki.fi
Tue Dec 29 14:27:48 PST 2009
On Tue, 2009-12-29 at 16:17 -0600, Brian Hayden wrote:
> > Correction: crappy clients display \NoSelect mailboxes in a
> > confusing way.
> Has anyone studied this from a user perspective? I suspect that you'd
> have to come up with an interaction method that is both new and
> intuitive (something that is quite the rare gem) to have the concept
> have any meaning to the user in a client interface -- \NoSelect seems
> quite foreign to everything else they encounter on a computer system
> (or in any other interface, for that matter).
I've never studied, but my personal opinion:
The most annoying thing that a client can do is pop up a message saying
"Mailbox isn't selectable." This is what most clients seem to do.
What I think they should do is (lets assume a GUI client similar to
- In the window where it would typically show list of messages or
message body, it would show a text something like "This mailbox doesn't
exist, it only contains children." (or something similar to that,
whatever is the most understandable text to user)
- It could show also a button: "Create this mailbox."
- It might also show "Child mailboxes:" and have a list of them. This
might be too much.
Hmm. Now that I think of it, I think clients usually show whatever the
NO reply to SELECT is from server. Maybe I could make that a bit more
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