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KMail Progress Review

Jul 31, 2000, 07:27 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Sanders)

[ Thanks to Harri Porten for this link. ]

"The last major stable release of KMail was in September 1999, since that time KMail has undergone intensive continuous development as part of the unstable HEAD branch of KDE CVS. This prolonged period of development is drawing to a conclusion as a new stable release of KMail (1.2) is imminent, this stable release will be part of the upcoming KDE2 release. With a new stable release approaching it's time to review how the developments made to KMail in the last year will benefit KMail users. All parts of the KMail application have been worked on, I'll comment on many of the KMail components (main window and composer GUIs, settings and filter dialogs, messaging kernel, and encryption system) as well as some of the new components (search dialog and address book bridge)."

"The main window of KMail is used for reading and managing mail, it consists of widgets for listing message headers, listing mail folders, showing a message preview, along with the standard toolbar, menubar and statusbar. Figure 1 shows a screen shot of the revised KMail main window. This main window is similar to the old KMail, differences include rearranged menus to better conform to the KDE style guidelines, and all new icons for the toolbar and folder list. Figure 1 also shows an example of the greatly improved support for rendering HTML mail in KMail, this is due to the use of the new KDE HTML widget, the same component as used in Konqueror. Note, because HTML mail (even with java script and java disabled) is a security risk it is turned off by default, however HTML mail can be toggled on as a general preference, or perhaps better HTML mail can be toggled on for arbitrary folders. In fact this is the case for the KMail in Figure 1, where HTML mail is turned on only for HTML periodicals that are filtered into a single HTML enabled folder."

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