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Mail/News client UI design (was: How to know what is fixed in an updated package ?)



--On Friday, June 25, 2004 12:48 AM +0100 James Wilkinson <james westexe demon co uk> wrote:

It's encouraged by Microsoft e-mail packages putting the cursor at the
top of a new reply, with the "Original e-mail" underneath.

If you blindly put the cursor at the bottom, you get bottom-posting, which is almost as bad. Some user education is required to teach them to cut all the irrelevant stuff and to interleave responses point-by-point.


Xnews (a nice Win32 newsreader) has the nice feature that it bitches at you if too much of your post is quoted text. It also has a toolbar button that skips to the next unquoted paragraph, making it easy to navigate interleaved responses. (Are there any good Linux-based newsreaders comparable to Xnews?)




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