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Post Posted June 11th, 2017, 4:48 am

Why has Thunderbird not got a built in highlighter that works properly. The only addon available is crude and needs work. Surely this has been raised before!


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Post Posted June 11th, 2017, 12:40 pm

It's apparently just not an issue that has been identified as a significant enough need to dedicate resources to it.


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Post Posted June 11th, 2017, 4:21 pm

Are you talking about ... er-222207/ ?

The basic problem is that the HTML editor should have been replaced over a decade ago. There was an official attempt, based on replacing it with a popular HTML editor widget. It failed because it was too tough to integrate. Nowadays the developers focus is on converting Thunderbird to use web technologies in preparation for a new generation of Thunderbird. This is needed due to some features that Thunderbird depends upon being deprecated in Gecko, the rendering engine provided by Mozilla/Firefox. It will still be a standalone desktop editor, don't assume that using web technologies implies webmail etc.

The external editor add-on at used to work before version 50, you just needed to disable version compatibility checks using something like ... ty/?src=ss, beforehand, and ignore the warnings. Unfortunately its no longer maintained and something in version 50 broke it.

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