#instantbird log on 03 22 2011

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00:22:41 <clokep> flo: So I create a new imIAccountBuddy with addBuddy (from purpleIAccount)...but how can I get to the underlying imIBuddy that is created from that? I can't seem to find anyway to load that buddy or account? :-/
00:23:03 <clokep> Oh. Nevermind...I can it from the contacts service it seems.
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01:30:31 <instantbot> New Instantbird (UI) bug 736 filed by sabret00the@yahoo.co.uk.
01:30:33 <instantbot> Bug https://bugzilla.instantbird.org/show_bug.cgi?id=736 nor, --, ---, nobody, UNCO, Provide ability to collect usage data
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09:51:22 <Mic> Even: do you have an idea how many people are using Instantbird on Windows XP?
09:51:46 <Mic> My addon-stats on AIO weren't really helpful, it doesn't differentiate between the different Win NT based system there
09:56:25 <Mic> flo, clokep: I'd like to have an idea how many people would be affected by Windows Vista/7 icon files which aren't compatible with Windows XP (see https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=549468, https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=600556 )
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10:24:22 <instantbot> New Instantbird (UI) bug 737 filed by benediktp@ymail.com.
10:24:24 <instantbot> Bug https://bugzilla.instantbird.org/show_bug.cgi?id=737 enh, --, ---, nobody, NEW, Extended Jump List support
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10:33:30 <Mic> clokep: I guess you've seen this already? https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=526697
10:34:52 <clokep> Mic: No I haven't.
10:35:42 <Mic> That's the problem I saw with your jump list extension
10:35:51 <Mic> Fx-edition ;)
10:37:34 <clokep> Ah, I see.
10:41:33 <clokep> I'mhaving this bug which bothers me. :P https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=577867
10:42:27 <instantbot> New Instantbird (UI) bug 738 filed by benediktp@ymail.com.
10:42:29 <instantbot> Bug https://bugzilla.instantbird.org/show_bug.cgi?id=738 enh, --, ---, nobody, NEW, Windows 7 support for overlay icons on the task bar
10:46:01 <clokep> Filing all the random bugs that we've talked about but never filed? :)
10:46:34 <Mic> Sort of .. it's day of the bugspam today, didn't you know? ;)
10:48:18 <clokep> I'll be sure to check my email frequently. :P
10:49:04 <clokep> Alright i Need to get to work. :)
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12:13:45 <clokep_work> Are we staying on mozilla-central for nightly builds? Still closed now...but seems like once it opens a LOT of stuff is going to land very quickly...could get unstable real quick.
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13:26:14 <sabret00the> We're meant to be not sure how it'll go. they're landing stuff on a cedar branch at the moment, so I imagine the stability will remain
13:26:56 <clokep_work> Right because m-c is still closed and they wanted to start merging stuff. But once it opens up again.
13:34:29 <clokep_work> http://people.mozilla.com/~sayrer/2011/temp/process.html has more information about what might eventually be the release process...so m-c is still the unstable bit.
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16:59:03 <sabret00the> I really do hope that IB never becomes another pidgin. It's just not progressed in years, no UI tweaks or advancements whatsoever. It's a real shame, though I suppose that's what forced me to take a closer look at IB. I wanted a modern IM client. Hopefully by the end of the year IB will be on par with Pidgin and Trillian.
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16:59:43 <clokep_work> What's missing from Instantbird that's not in Pidgin and Trillian?! That people actually use. :P
17:02:10 <sabret00the> privacy options for one
17:02:41 <clokep_work> I don't know what you mean by that.
17:03:15 <sabret00the> on instantbird i'll be spammed by bots. on pidgin my privacy options prevent that. thus IB is unusable as a full time client for me
17:04:47 <sabret00the> flo feels it's going to be a huge project to get the privacy options in which is a shame. (that was discussed briefly in bug 705)
17:04:50 <instantbot> Bug https://bugzilla.instantbird.org/show_bug.cgi?id=705 nor, --, ---, nobody, NEW, Provide UI to block users
17:05:10 <clokep_work> So work on it yourself then, I'm sure he'll accept patches and such. :)
17:05:58 <sabret00the> I have a huge learning curve ahead of me for such a thing, though I'm hoping for more time to work on patches soon
17:06:50 <clokep_work> Well fel free to ask any questions, anyone will be willing to share knowledge
17:07:21 <sabret00the> the only other things that stop me from using IB full time and treating it like an adult client is the lack of alerts (mail notifications) and also that the UI is dated.
17:08:05 <sabret00the> Yup, I definitely wont' be shy to ask for help. The community spirit in this project is astounding.
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17:12:39 <clokep_work> UI is dated? I think it's much more up to date than Pidgin.
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17:17:29 <clokep_work> I think a few bits need to be updated, but most IM clients are horribly out of date in that aspect. :(
17:17:45 <clokep_work> Anyway, back to work for now. Let me know when you want to start looking into things. :P
17:28:25 <sabret00the> Neither of the UI's are up to date. They both look like they belong on 98 rather than Windows 7
17:28:48 <sabret00the> Will do. Enjoy your afternoons work.
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17:38:51 <clokep_work> I agree, although Instantbird at least looks native. :) It doesn't quite look like it's from Win98, Pidign really does. :-/ Personally I'd love for someone to look into adding some glass to the buddy list/ conversation window, but haven't had time to look into it.
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18:21:28 <Mic> Good evening
18:22:00 <clokep_work> Howdy Mic.
18:22:27 <sabret00the> Hey Mic
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18:23:54 <clokep_work> I didn't realize there was a mozilla bug about that icon overlays, thanks for finding that. :)
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18:24:08 <sabret00the> I don't think it particularly needs glass, but it definitely needs a shift from the old style gradients and needs to drop the menu bars, that's for sure
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18:25:05 <Mic> We have bugs for both
18:25:36 <sabret00the> oh we definitely have bugs for both. I even had the extension for the menu button installed, but it was a way off.
18:25:57 <Mic> Way off in what sense?
18:26:12 <clokep_work> Works well for me...when it works. :-D
18:26:26 <sabret00the> haha, it's mispoisioning is one of the major problems
18:26:45 <Mic> shifted to the right?
18:27:07 <sabret00the> yup, it should be closer to the left edge.
18:27:08 <Mic> I remember Mook saying that he wanted that space since you can double click to close the application (cf Explorer)
18:27:15 <clokep_work> Yes, Mook did that on purpose.
18:28:00 <sabret00the> That's just silly. It seems out of place and moving right 100 pixels isn't going to kill anyone
18:29:37 <clokep_work> "he wanted that space since you can double click to close the application (cf Explorer)"
18:29:51 <clokep_work> You could always fork it and change it. ;)
18:30:35 <Mic> haha
18:30:50 * Mic got rounded menus with glass look
18:30:55 <Mic> Seems I did something wrong
18:31:14 <clokep_work> Working on the glass bug? :-D
18:31:33 <Mic> No, not seriously
18:31:42 <sabret00the> What we need is the UI changes decided on and signed off on that way there's no need to fork and we all know what direction we're going in.
18:31:48 <Mic> I only wanted to see what happens if I set moz-appearance to borderless glass
18:31:48 <clokep_work> Oh, I mean the tabs part is just copying from Firefox.
18:32:10 <Mic> * { ...; } seemed a bit greedy as rule :D
18:32:26 <clokep_work> Hahah, ya think?
18:32:51 <clokep_work> sabret00the: Sure, but extensions are usually made for people to do something specific that they want...so forking one isn't really an issue...?
18:33:14 <sabret00the> true, i'll have to have a look at the code of the extension
18:35:00 <clokep_work> We should relatively easily be able to transition his code from into core I think. Although Idk if we want to use an overlay or what for it.
18:35:37 <clokep_work> It's been on my TODO list.
18:35:40 <sabret00the> also one thing i think we should do (which is likely to upset some people) is create a minimum width for he buddy list. users that require smaller buddy lists should change a pref or install an extension.
18:35:59 <clokep_work> What difference does it make?
18:37:09 <clokep_work> I mean what effect does it have on us if people make it really tiny?
18:39:49 <sabret00the> because what will we do with an application button? do we shrink it or will it have been presented at minimum width?
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18:40:56 <clokep_work> What does Firefox do? :-D
18:41:38 <clokep_work> Office just has the menu stuff disappear if it gets too small.
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18:42:25 <clokep_work> (Just for reference.)
18:42:49 <clokep_work> I'd say that we can either have it disappear or just have it crop out of the way if it "hits" the window controls.
18:43:03 <sabret00the> Firefox doesn't shrink, it simply overlays the button over the window controls
18:43:26 <clokep_work> Bleh that's messy.
18:43:39 <clokep_work> The OS UI should take precendence IMO.
18:43:45 <clokep_work> But that's an implementation issue, not a design issue.
18:44:33 <sabret00the> In my opinon, we should just limit how small the window can get in order to save ourselves a headache and maintain usability at the lowest level.
18:44:48 <sabret00the> BTW in regards to Instantbird extensions, is there no 0.3.*
18:45:03 <clokep_work> That's fine, regardless it's an implementation issue, not a design issue.
18:45:15 <clokep_work> On the website? No there's no 0.3.* since 0.3 isn't released yet.
18:46:53 * clokep_work is going to work on making a menu as a patch tonight.
18:47:15 <Mic> Glass ftw!
18:47:44 <clokep_work> You sohuld post whatever you have to the bug if you're not going to do more work on that. ;)
18:47:47 <clokep_work> Does it look good?
18:47:48 <Mic> I made the menu bar and status message area have glass look :)
18:49:15 <clokep_work> Sweet. :)
18:49:35 <Mic> The important thing is to unset the background 8color)
18:49:37 <Mic> (color)
18:49:50 <clokep_work> Ah, interesting.
18:49:53 <Mic> and apply -moz-appearance: - ... blabla-glass
18:49:54 <clokep_work> So it gets the color from the theme?
18:51:59 * clokep_work would like to see a screenshot and/or code. :-D
18:52:05 <Mic> yes, yes, yes
18:54:58 <clokep_work> :)
18:57:18 <instantbot> benediktp@ymail.com added attachment 569 to bug 620.
18:57:20 <instantbot> Bug https://bugzilla.instantbird.org/show_bug.cgi?id=620 enh, --, ---, nobody, NEW, Maybe Instantbird could look nicer using Glass on Windows Vista and 7
18:58:43 <clokep_work> Mic you didn't say you made the whole buddy list glass! :P
18:58:54 <Mic> That's something I changed later
18:59:02 <Mic> Doesn't look so bad eitehr, i think
18:59:09 <Mic> *either, I think
19:00:20 <Mic> Anyone interested in changing the necessary parts now that the basic problem is solved?
19:00:47 <Mic> I think tymerkaev is interested in UI stuff in general,isn't he?
19:01:18 <clokep_work> Yes, he is. Not here though.
19:01:36 <clokep_work> I might take a look at it...too.
19:01:46 <clokep_work> Themeing usually isn't my fortay though.
19:02:44 <Mic> I can do it myself as well
19:03:07 <clokep_work> You seem to have been pretty busy. :)
19:03:18 <Mic> not really, just not often onlien anymore
19:03:24 <Mic> gtg again
19:03:33 <clokep_work> That screenshot makes the tabs look old I think. :-X
19:03:51 <Mic> We should get Fx4 tabs I think
19:03:59 <Mic> They look nicer
19:04:52 <clokep_work> Mmhmm, and it should be copy & paste.
19:05:14 <Mic> Hopefully
19:05:34 <Mic> bbl
19:07:44 <clokep_work> Bye.
19:15:35 <sabret00the> haha clokep, i forked the bucktooth extension as well
19:16:08 <clokep_work> Had to change one number, right?
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19:50:34 <sabret00the> had to change a few things, but it's fixed now
19:50:46 <clokep_work> You changed the color too?
19:51:11 <sabret00the> yup
19:51:19 <sabret00the> it's now the purple i proposed in the mockups
19:51:53 <clokep_work> Why purple though? Thta's not really a color we use at all is it? :P
19:52:34 <clokep_work> Not that I think there's anything wrong w/ it...but the icon is blue & green, isn't it?
19:52:36 <sabret00the> oh that was right, but i figured that at some point the logo would be redone
19:53:13 <clokep_work> Why would the logo be redone?
19:55:37 <sabret00the> I figured that at some point we'd go for something a little more striking and polished
19:56:02 <clokep_work> I'm not sure what you mean by that.
19:56:45 <sabret00the> The current logo is fine, but it lacks identity, at a glance you'd assume it was something to do with emails. IB is never going to be the first thing you think of when you see an envelope
19:59:15 <clokep_work> It just makes me think of messages really, but OK.
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20:00:50 <sabret00the> Ah, that makes sense. See I never thought messages, all this time I've thought email.
20:01:02 <sabret00the> Here was an idea I had but never got round to finishing. http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/5200/instandbirdlogobysabret.png
20:01:47 <clokep_work> That doesn't really make me think of IM more than the current one though.
20:02:04 <sabret00the> no it doesn't make you think of im
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20:02:18 <sabret00the> but does a fox make you think of browsing?
20:02:36 <clokep_work> Now it does. :P
20:02:38 <clokep_work> Brand identity.
20:03:30 <sabret00the> exactly. it took an idea and built on it. i think IB should take the same sort of route. It should build a unique ID and brand, something that can be adopted and used as a theme.
20:04:29 <clokep_work> Maybe.
20:07:32 <clokep_work> I've never really thought about it. I usually see the nightly icon anyway. ;)
20:09:34 <clokep_work> Although I guess the color is easy enough to change anyway, the rest of the menus tuff would be the difficult part.
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20:15:46 <sabret00the> Yeah sadly that wasn't handled in the extension.
20:16:04 <clokep_work> What wasn't?
20:16:05 <sabret00the> And I'm with you, I only ever see the nightly logos for both minefield and instantbird
20:16:17 <sabret00the> The menu contents wasn't handled by the extension
20:16:48 <clokep_work> Oh, yeah he just stuffed it into a button. Impressive I think. :)
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21:21:12 <sabret00the> Is there a version of stylish for IB. That would help me out a huge amount
21:21:28 <clokep> No.
21:21:35 <clokep> I tried porting it at one point and ran into a lot of issues.
21:32:28 <sabret00the> ah that sucks. it would've been amazing. I could've worked on some theme tweaks
21:32:53 <clokep> You could do them in userChrome.css, or do it directly in the files. :P
21:34:32 <sabret00the> True, but with the userChrome or direct changes, I need to restart every time I want to test a change.
21:34:47 <clokep> Direct changes you don't need to if you flip the right preferences.
21:34:54 <clokep> There's a way to make it reload the chrome files every time.
21:35:05 <clokep> Idk if the same works for userChrome.
21:35:16 <clokep> Or you could port Stylish. ;)
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21:46:17 <flo> Good evening :)
21:48:03 * flo reads the log
21:49:40 <clokep> Hello.
21:50:33 <flo> Mic: if you really need to know which proportion of our Windows users are on XP, I can try to get some data tomorrow
21:52:23 <flo> clokep: I'm not sure we should stay on mozilla-central for nightlies.
21:52:43 <clokep> I don't think so either, just wasn't sure if you thought about it at all. :)
21:52:56 <clokep> Probably check out FIREFOX_4_0_RELEASE or whatever the tag is.
21:53:00 <flo> I don't know if Mozilla will have Firefox 5 ready by the time we want to release 0.3. If we expect they don't, we are better off staying on the current code
21:53:31 <clokep> 6 weeks? 18 weeks? Idk something like that.
21:53:38 <flo> clokep: shouldn't this rather be the hg.mozilla.org/releases/mozilla-2.0 repository ?
21:53:58 <clokep> Hmm..possible. :) You'd know better than me.
21:54:24 <flo> I think we want to pick the security/stability fixes of 4.0.* too ;)
21:55:11 <clokep> True. :)
21:56:12 <flo> sabret00the: if by "privacy options" you mean "don't show conversations from people not in my contacts", it could be trivially implemented as an add-on, and it's nothing to do with privacy (there's no private information disclosure risk here...)
21:57:02 <sabret00the> privacy is being hidden from people you don't desire to be contacted by. hence why it's always amongst the privacy options.
21:57:54 <flo> which doesn't prevent them from messaging you.
21:58:09 <flo> You still get the spam. The bots just don't know if you will receive it now or later when you connect.
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22:01:01 <flo> sabret00the: what's "the old style gradients" you are referring too?
22:01:27 <clokep> I think he just means the gray-ish instead of the blue-ish ones?
22:02:04 <sabret00the> Compare Firefox 3.6 to Firefox 4. It's the gradients from 3.6 which IB uses on the menu bar etc
22:02:41 <flo> sabret00the: I'm on Mac.
22:03:18 <sabret00the> Well in that case, it's a lot harder to explain. Give me a minute to think about it
22:03:48 <clokep> sabret00the: Find some screenshots?
22:04:03 <sabret00the> yeah, that's what I've just started doing
22:04:19 <flo> about the "minimum width for he buddy list" (or for any other window... the first window where I would want it is the conversation window). We can't do it until https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=357725 is fixed.
22:05:36 <flo> (and yeah, that's a shame... but "not really our fault" :))
22:07:13 <clokep> flo: for bug 603, how would I go about doing that? Adding an ifdef into blist.xul or adding into an overlay only for aero, etc.?
22:07:17 <instantbot> Bug https://bugzilla.instantbird.org/show_bug.cgi?id=603 enh, --, ---, nobody, NEW, Instantbird Button
22:07:24 * flo agrees with the "We should get Fx4 tabs" statement.
22:07:25 <clokep> Any ideas would be helpful. :-D
22:08:29 <flo> apparently ifdefs are disliked by several people here, so the overlay idea sounds better... except if it's very hackish
22:09:08 <clokep> I'm not even sure how I could do that in an overlay if I want a totally separate menu using the split buttons (like the Firefox menu...which you probably don't know what it looks like on Windows. :P)
22:09:24 <sabret00the> I definitely like the idea of Firefox 4 tabs, though we should make them shorter. The default tabs in Firefox 4 are too tall
22:09:43 <flo> I tried the other day to have Fx4 tabs (mac) and it wasn't as trivial as I thought it would be. Our tabs are the tabs of Firefox 3.5 and the underling XUL/XBL markup as changed quite a bit recently, so we can't just copy/paste the CSS, we need to understand it to apply the changes.
22:09:48 <clokep> I guess it could be done as an overlay though that hides that regular menu bar...(which should reappear on tab)...
22:10:08 <clokep> Ah, that's a shame. :(
22:10:15 * clokep will have to check out the Firefox code.
22:10:42 <sabret00the> image of the gradients I'm referring too: http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/428/oldstylegradients.png
22:11:03 <flo> It's probably not more than a day worth of work. But it's definitely not a copy/paste doable in a 5 minutes (like I hoped it would be...)
22:11:36 <flo> sabret00the: isn't that supposed to be the native Vista/7 theme?
22:12:18 <flo> thanks for the picture by the way, it's worth a lot of words to clarify things :)
22:12:47 <sabret00the> I believe it was deployed pre-Vista by Firefox
22:14:11 <flo> sabret00the: about the logo. The envelop means a message that only the recipient reads. I thought at some point that we could replace one of the envelop with a bubble for chatrooms, but most users will only use IM anyway so it doesn't make much sense...
22:16:01 <sabret00the> I agree that changing an envelope for a button wouldn't make much sense. But I definitely feel there's a lot more potential for brand identity than the flying envelopes will ever offer. Kinda like how Songbird has turned it's logo into a full mascot.
22:18:08 <clokep> Why are these bugs always more complicated than I expect them to be?
22:18:23 <flo> clokep: because they aren't fixed yet :-P
22:19:27 <clokep> Maybe. I meant the button should be easy to add, it's not so easy. :(
22:21:39 <flo> yeah, the tabs CSS should be easy to copy&paste ;)
22:21:54 <flo> glass should be just a one line CSS change
22:21:56 <flo> ...
22:21:58 <flo> ;)
22:22:10 <clokep> I never said just one line!
22:22:13 <flo> that's the difference between theory and real work :).
22:22:15 <clokep> Just that it'd be kind of easy. :)
22:22:26 <flo> I thought it :)
22:23:00 <sabret00the> For the button cloke. I made some changes to correct some css problems from the original
22:23:18 <flo> when I see how long it took me to get the appearance I wanted for the splitters in Mac conversation windows...
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22:25:43 <sabret00the> https://github.com/sabret00the/bucktooth/blob/master/skin/menus.css
22:26:31 <clokep> sabret00the: I'm going to base anything I do off of the firefox code: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=450700&action=diff
22:26:56 <clokep> flo: Yeah...well my issue is more of that I had doing layout stuff, I find it takes so long. :(
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22:27:19 <sabret00the> Fair enough, but if we do that, we're kind of locked into their menu style too as it looks odd with a single grey menu column dropping down
22:27:46 <flo> clokep: want me to find one for you? :-P
22:28:21 <clokep> sabret00the: It has two menu columns with the split menu buttons...which is how it should look on Win7. Also I'd use the file, not necessarily that patch.
22:28:27 <clokep> flo: I'm willing to look at suggestions. :)
22:28:31 <flo> clokep: bug 712? :-P
22:28:34 <instantbot> Bug https://bugzilla.instantbird.org/show_bug.cgi?id=712 nor, --, ---, nobody, NEW, No UI feedback when attempting to install an incompatible add-on
22:29:02 <clokep> I was thinking bug 366. ;)
22:29:05 <instantbot> Bug https://bugzilla.instantbird.org/show_bug.cgi?id=366 enh, --, ---, nobody, NEW, Alphabetical sorting of group names
22:29:40 <flo> I'll probably take that when I start working on the tag UI
22:30:02 <clokep> OK I won't worry about it then.
22:30:17 <flo> and maybe all the ordering bugs at the same time
22:30:47 <clokep> bug 712 we needed to port another bug...I think the one I put in there is wrong, do you remember the proper one?
22:30:50 <instantbot> Bug https://bugzilla.instantbird.org/show_bug.cgi?id=712 nor, --, ---, nobody, NEW, No UI feedback when attempting to install an incompatible add-on
22:30:52 <flo> it's a bit a case of "scratch all the existing code and write something clean"
22:31:05 <flo> hmm, except if you want to just insert a sort call before displaying the list :)
22:31:18 <clokep> Since Google doesn't seem to index our logs often.
22:31:23 <flo> but it wouldn't be as easy to insert the "new" groups at the right position
22:32:01 <flo> haven't we commented in the bug with all the info we had?
22:32:36 <flo> ah, no :(
22:33:46 <flo> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=503816&action=diff I think
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22:34:25 <clokep> Alright, Thanks.
22:34:29 <clokep> I'll check it out.
22:35:00 <clokep> Ah you're right, it's that bug. :) My bug points to it.
22:36:15 * flo has a patch for the next part of the contact stuff.
22:36:17 <flo> 9 files changed, 238 insertions(+), 61 deletions(-)
22:36:43 <clokep> :) Which part is this?
22:36:45 <flo> I'm not sure if I should take the opportunity to rewrite the conversation handling code of purpleCoreService in JS, or keep my changes as small as possible
22:36:48 <clokep> So I can look for what breaks. :-D
22:37:32 <flo> having a single tabs for conversations of a contact
22:37:35 <flo> *tab
22:38:18 <clokep> Ah, the part I'm excited for. :-D
22:38:54 <flo> basically, I added a wrapper around purpleIConversation objects so that the UI (the conversation binding) continues to see the same conversation object when the purpleIConversation changed because the contact used a different buddy to talk
22:40:01 <clokep> Makes sense.
22:40:23 <clokep> flo: Do we have something like that specialTabs.js?
22:40:36 <flo> I don't even know what it is :-/
22:40:47 <clokep> It's moving it to a content tab...which we don't really want...
22:40:54 <flo> it's just pretty obvious that we need to observe these notifications
22:42:26 <clokep> Yes. :)
22:42:42 <clokep> Looking to see if there's related bugs in bugzill afirst
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22:58:45 <clokep> Anyone have an example of an incompatible add-on? :)
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23:36:42 <flo> good night :)
23:37:20 <clokep> 'night!
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