Decluttering Thunderbird/other alternatives?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Thu Mar 18 22:19:49 UTC 2021

I mostly use Thunderbird for checking/responding to emails on two 
accounts really. The way I understood it was Lightning had been moved 
from an addon to an integral bit of Thunderbird.

Far as desktops go, I use Mate on my system so I'm not sure how that'd 
affect things really, but I'm always interested in trying out other 
clients. I've used Alpine/mutt/neomutt before but I prefer the 
simplicity of a GUI client personally, unless there's a very, very 
simple CLI client that has the features I need, I can set up immediately 
and get running on my Ubuntu Mate system?

On 18/03/2021 15:29, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Tim here.
> I know that it's possible to hide the icon-bar(s) at the top and to
> reconfigure them to remove unused portions.  Though I'm not sure how
> accessible the "modify toolbars" interface is.  However, I'm not sure
> about the tabbing-twice-to-get-to-the-subject-field aspect.
> As for alternative programs, I guess it would depend on what features
> of Thunderbird that you use.  Do you use multiple accounts or just
> one email account?  Do you use any other plug-ins for things like
> encrypted/signed email, RSS, or calendaring (I think that's what
> Lightning is, but I'm a tad confused there, since I had understood it
> had been moved to an add-on, so you should be able to use the add-on
> manager to remove it if you don't want Lightning to appear in your
> interface).
> Of similar functionality to Thunderbird:
> If you use a Gnome-based desktop, then Evolution might fit your
> requirements.
> If you use a KDE-based desktop, KMail might suffice.
> Both of those are fairly tightly tied to their desktop environment,
> so the accessiblity should be comparable.
> I primarily use Claws mail, though I'm not sure how well it
> plays with other accessiblity tech like Orca.
> >From the other end, there are a number of CLI mail clients that would
> be roughly as accessible as your terminal.  I know that both
> mutt/neomutt and alpine have some configuration options to make it
> more screen-reader/Braille friendly; there's aerc and sup/alot too,
> though I have less experience with them.  If you use a single mail
> account with something like fetchmail and sendmail, the classic
> "mail" program works pretty well.
> With a better idea of how you use mail (and how comfortable you are
> at a command-line), it might help us give better ideas/suggestions.
> -Tim
> On March 18, 2021, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> So is there a way I can declutter Thunderbird to be simpler/easier
>> to navigate? I don't /need/ Lightningtaking up space, or having to
>> tab twice in writing a message to get to the subject field.
>> So can I do anything to declutter Thunderbird. Or are there any
>> alternative email programs that are just as good as Thunderbird
>> that work great with Orca?
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