[Geary] Feature request: Browse mail by contact panel (second try)

Dear Geray Enthusiasts!

I would like to propose a new function to Geary, which – in my humble
opinion – would solve the unsolved problem, how to browse through the
huge amount of mails many of us getting every day.
Nowadays almost every mail client offer a folder view to browse through
different mail accounts and their IMAP folders. With out any question
this is useful, but I think, their would be a better way to browse our
mail: To browse them by contact. There for I would propose to integrate
Geary with the evolution data server, to enable it to show instead of
the folder view a contact view.

 * This contact view could look similar to the left column of Gnome
 * It would list the contacts stored in the evolution data server, but
   ordered by the last mails I got or send to them. That means, if I
   would have got an mail form contact A three minutes ago, but from
   contact B 10 seconds ago, B would be in the first place.
 * Clicking on the contact would list all mails I ever got from it in
   the second pane.
 * Middle click on it would list all mails I ever send to that contact.
 * The contact panel would also offer a search field, to search only in
   the listed contacts.
 * Of course the folder tree view should not be completely removed,
   but you should switch between the the contact panel and the classic
   folder tree.

What do you think, of such a feature?

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   1. Re: Geary does not close with Ctrl+q (Michael Gratton)
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   4. Feature request: Browse mail by contact panel (Gunwald Neuhausen)


Message: 1
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:40:08 +1000
From: Michael Gratton <mike vee net>
To: Federico Bruni <fede inventati org>
Cc: Geary <geary-list gnome org>
Subject: Re: [Geary] Geary does not close with Ctrl+q
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On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 6:53 PM, Federico Bruni <fede inventati org> 
Il giorno dom 18 set 2016 alle 17:21, P?t?r <peturvilj gmail com> 
ha scritto:
Geary does not close with Ctrl+q, other gnome apps does.

I cannot reproduce it on Gnome 3.20.2
Never had this problem.

It works for me under GNOME as well, so I wonder if it's also related 
to XFCE not displaying the app menu? Although this has been reported 
against 0.11.0: <https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=766601> so 
it's not necessarily related to the gear menu being replaced with an 
app menu.

There may also be some weirdness with how Geary sets up keyboard 
accelerators using the older GtkActions, which may be fixed once we 
migrate the application's actions to use GAction instead.

Bigger problem behind that: Geary is not convenient to use with the 
keyboard. How can I navigate from one inbox to another, between 
mails, folders, accounts ?

We discussed this two years ago :)

but something has changed since then.
As far as I can see, you can move forward from a pane to another 
(accounts, conversation list, single thread) with TAB and you can 
move backward with Ctrl+Alt+TAB.

I don't think that it's documented.

There's a few keyboard navigation shortcuts documented in the Keyboard 
Shortcuts page of the User Guide Geary that Geary ships with. It's also 
mostly conformant to the standard GNOME keyboard navigation guidelines 
documented here: 

Also, keynav will be changing a bit in 0.12, as a result of the the GTK 
widgets work and the port to WebKit2GTK, hopefully for the better.

However if there's anything that is specifically not possible using the 
built-in keyboard navigation, then please do file a new bug for it (if 
a bug for it doesn't aleeady exist). Things like having a keyboard 
shortcuts like Ctrl+1/Ctrl+2/etc for switching between accounts might 
make some sense, for example.


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