[Imap-protocol] Session flags.
snowjn at aol.com
Fri Oct 22 13:11:09 PDT 2010
Mark Crispin wrote:
> On Fri, 22 Oct 2010, John Snow wrote:
>> Why are session flags useful? Is there a client that makes use of this
>> temporary flag change.
> Support you have a mailbox open read-only, either because you have chosen
> to do so, or you don't have write access, or you only have access to one
> flag (e.g., \Deleted in netnews).
> If you read a message without using peek, shouldn't \Seen get set and
> in the index? Why not? The spec says that \Seen gets set if you don't
> use peek.
> If you reply to a message and set \Answered, shouldn't \Answered get set
> and show up in the index? Why not?
> Let's consider a specific use case. I am reading netnews with my IMAP
> client. Why shouldn't the messages that I have read show up as being
> read, and the messages that I have answered show up as being answered?
> Session flags guarantee the expected user experience with every IMAP
> client. The user may understand that those flags will be gone
> but if it is netnews and he deletes all messages, that doesn't matter.
So it's only to give read-only access the illusion of full access? That
pretty silly. Read only should mean read only.
> -- Mark --
> Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what to eat for lunch.
> Liberty is a well-armed sheep contesting the vote.
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