switch between html and plain text when creating a new message

Bug #385148 reported by Jérôme on 2009-06-09
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
thunderbird (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: thunderbird

The current policy for choosing the format of a new message doesn't match my need at all.

Wether my recipient prefers HTML or plain text depends on the content I'm sending. I can't choose a generic rule.

I would prefer:
1. default rule is plain text format (or HTML if prefered)
2. when clicking on "create a new message" we could also select the below alternatives:
  . "create a new HTML message"
  . "create a new plain text message"
3. possibly change the format while writing the message because you may think about the format after writing the message.

Step 3 is a wish.

Step 2 is mandatory for any email client.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: amd64
Date: Tue Jun 9 12:37:53 2009

DistroRelease: Ubuntu 8.04
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Package: mozilla-thunderbird None [modified: /var/lib/dpkg/info/mozilla-thunderbird.list]
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: thunderbird
Uname: Linux 2.6.24-24-generic x86_64

Lars Ljung (larslj) wrote :

Step 2 can be accomplished by holding down the shift key when clicking the "write" button, but the user interface could probably be improved.

Aniruddha Shankar (kream) wrote :

"user interface could probably be improved" is quite a monumental understatement. The only place that this "press shift while clicking write" information can be found is in this very bug. Where in the documentation is this??????

Please fix

Rolf Leggewie (r0lf) wrote :

This isn't really something for Ubuntu to fix. Your best bet is to report it to the Mozilla developers.

Changed in thunderbird (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in thunderbird (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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