Being the thoughts and writings of one Gustaf Erikson; father, homeowner, technologist.

Sunday, 2005-04-17

Gmail and mailing lists

I’ve re-subscribed to the Gunroom after a long hiatus, and I’m using gmail instead of gnus this time. So far, I’m pleasantly surprised by the experience. Google have done a lot of work making the user interface easy to use, even with high volumes of mail.

Things I like about it:

  • Keyboard shortcuts makes it easy to navigate. Extra points for being vi-like.

  • Intelligent threading. Older mails are “stacked” in a pile, making it easy to see where in the conversation you are.

  • Quoting is handled very well. Quoted text is folded so you don’t see it all the time.

  • Good handling of contacts, with autocompletion of names.

  • Drafts are saved in the position from where they would have been sent if they weren’t drafts.

Things that could be better:

  • I’d like to be able to choose whether to place my text underneath the text of the email I’m replying to.

  • The default display and composition font (Arial) sucks. I prefer monospaced fonts for email. Maybe you can handle this with Greasemonkey.

All in all, I’m impressed with gmail. Web-based interfaces are just getting better and better, with gmail, Flickr and Bloglines leading the mail.

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