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.
Back-end Interface Re-organisation
Main bug is bug 413260
Current Steps (based partially on jcranmer's patch queue):
- Make the nsIAbCard interface more flexible for new properties and different types (patch awaiting review from dmose).
- Start refactoring nsIAbDirectory into nsIAbCollection.
- Implement the propertiesChrome function for opening AB property dialogs
- Move cardForEmail from Mork specific code to generic code.
- Separate mailing lists from directories and cards into their own object.
- 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 blocked by awaiting review on step 1.
- 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).