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RSS in Thunderbird, tabbed messages would help

Posted on February 08, 2006 by daviding

I’ve gradually been adding RSS Feeds to Thunderbird, and removing subscriptions that would be sent to my e-mail. (A lot of Yahoo Groups will support RSS feeds, although some don’t yet).

One annoying feature, so far: an RSS feed (e.g. from Business Week) comes up well in Thunderbird, i.e. it looks like it would in Firefox. However, when I click a link, it brings up a new tab in Firefox — not in Thunderbird. This is actually more-or-less what used to happen when I had the e-mail subscriptions sent to my Lotus Notes e-mail client, and clicking the link there would bring up a page in Firefox. Now that I can use Firefox to view RSS feeds more directly, reading has been a lot smoother.

A web search has turned up Myk Melez working on tabbed message browsing in Thunderbird. This would seem to be what I want to do.

Unfortunately, this isn’t part of the main Thunderbird development plan, and Myk is working on this as a side project. His available download isn’t an installable, but instead a zip file. I think that I could just copy the unzipped files on top of my current Thunderbird installation, but it doesn’t feel right, at the moment. There was a note that tabs would be part of Thunderbird 2.0, but it would be nice if this could be packaged as a Thunderbird extension until then. (I don’t understand the architecture well enough to know if that’s possible).
Myk only posted this starting in December 2005, so I think that I’ll subscribe to his blog, and watch out for progress.

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