MailNews:Address Book RoadMap
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The purpose of this page is to provide a guide to where various aspects of Thunderbird/SeaMonkey may proceed to improve the address book and the various advantages of each step.
This is not an agreed roadmap, nor is it a statement of what Thunderbird/SeaMonkey will definitely do.
Note: Priority is current priority, not overall priority for TB 3.
|1||Examine making Local autocomplete use directory search, rather than get all cards and manually work it out.||P3||bug 450134||jcranmer?||3.0RC1|
|2||Create an empty nsIAbCollection, inheriting from nsIAbItem and inherit nsIAbDirectory from it. nsIAbCollection design||P3||bug 450917||jcranmer||3.0b1|
|3||Create a new mailing list implementation class derived from nsIAbCollection.||-||-||-||-|
|3a||Part 1: separate out mailing list specific functions into js class from nsIAbCard/nsAbCardProperty.||P4||?||jcranmer?||3.0b1?|
|3b||Part 2: separate out mailing list specific functions from nsAbDirProperty into the new class created in step 1.||P4||?||?||3.0b1?|
|4a||Fix Address Collection to use it (i.e. check all local directories for existing cards/addresses)||P2||bug 58769||Standard8||3.0b1|
|4b||Remove external usages of nsIAddrDatabase's cardFromProperty||P2||bug 451844||jcranmer||3.0b1|
|5||Try to disentangle nsAbCardProperty from Palm Sync, so that the extension just uses the idl interfaces.||P4||?||?||?|
|9||Implement js tree for address book list pane instead of rdf one||P3||bug 422845||jminta?||3.0b1|
|10||MailNews:Address_Book_New_Card_Inline []||P1||bug 450724||Standard8||3.0b1|
|11||Revised Mailing List UI||P3||?||?||3.0b2|
|12||Tag implementation (needs design)||P2||?||?||3.0b2|
|-||New/Edit Card Dialog||-||-||-||-|
|15||Multi-valued fields (needs design)||P3||bug 118665||?||3.0b2|
|17||Complete Writeable LDAP||P4||?||?||?|
|18||Async interfaces for remote directories||P2||?||?||3.0b2|
|-||Other items as listed below||-||-||-|
|19||Address book rename-a-thon||P2||?||jcranmer||3.0b2?|
|8||Implement xbl driven Address Book menus instead of rdf ones||bug 449260||3.0b1|
|6||Move cardForEmailAddress from nsIAbMDBDirectory to nsIAbDirectory||bug 449618||3.0b1|
|7||Fix Search/Filters for OS X Address Book (dependent on SP6)||bug 437908||3.0b1|
|4||Move cardFromProperty from nsIAddrDatabase to nsIAbCollection.||bug 450149||3.0b1|
|16||Birthday Fields||bug 13595||3.0b1|
Back-end Interface Re-organisation
Current Steps (based partially on jcranmer's patch queue):
Make the nsIAbCard interface more flexible for new properties and different types
Move cardForEmail from Mork specific code to generic code bug 449618.
- Start refactoring nsIAbDirectory into nsIAbCollection (Partial Ref SP2).
- Implement the propertiesChrome function for opening AB property dialogs
- Separate mailing lists from directories and cards into their own object (Ref SP3).
- Move nsIAddrDatabase-specific functions to nsIAbCollection or nsIAbDirectory
- Decide on interfaces for address book interactions and compatibility with async/sync address books.
- Implement new interfaces from previous item.
- New interfaces will make it much easier to interact with the address book.
- Interfaces are designed to make interfaces generic across different address book types. They should hide the fact that you're talking to a LDAP book, or an OS X directory.
- Prepares for moving to SQLite.
- Patches in progress.
- Directory-related refactorings are still not fully defined.
- Standard8 needs to find time to discuss async/sync interfaces with dmose in more detail.
Very much wanted by lots of people.
bug 86405 is the main tracking bug.
- Once AB Interface redesign has completed the async/sync interfaces, implement appropriate hooks for LDAP (if not already there).
- Implement any required UI tweaks/improvements.
- Provides a good solution for users (mainly corporate/small networks?) to share address books.
- Writable LDAP source code is in cvs, enabled by compilation switch.
- UI is no where near usable by end-users or advanced users (i.e. don't even think about it to be enabled by default).
Remove RDF from the Address Book
Being able to do this partially depends on the interface back-end redesign, but will also help that.
- bug 422845 Replace RDF-driven address book tree with js one (waiting on jminta, busy until June).
bug 449260 Replace RDF-driven menus with xbl based one.
- bug 408613 Re-use the new tree for other address book menus (including address book and LDAP preferences).
- Replace any other RDF instances (none?) or uses.
- Remove RDF from the address book, at the same time, replace the current preferences system with a new one (based more on flexibility of address book types). New system to be based in nsAbManager.
- Removes "obsolete" RDF interfaces from address book
- Tidies up a lot of code and removes some old items
Switch Mork to SQLite
See bug 382876
- Modify code to use generic directory accesses where not already doing so (part of the interface reorg and bug 413260 as well, see above)
- Create an SQL backend for addressbook
- Write a conversion to translate mork to SQL using a new morkreader bug 424446
- Remove the old mork code
- SQLite is much more widely supported by other tools than mork
- SQLite allows us to use mozStorage, which could increase our future flexibility
- Any proposed schema will be simpler than the current mork addressbook schema
- The new morkreader is pending review.
- Initial work blocking on nsIAbCollection creation; full work blocking on mailing list sanity.
- The schema is not yet finalized, and probably will not be finalized until after the interface reorg.
Implement providers for different address book card translations
- Once step 1 of redesign (nsIAbCard) is complete, implement code to change providers.
- This would allow different card translations e.g. nsIAbCard to vCard/hCard etc.
- Extensions could add to the formats available.
- Blocked by nsIAbCard refactoring.
- Standard8 knows what he wants to do to put this together.
- Standard8 driving:
- clarkbw driving:
- No owner/timescale: