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Web Mail 5.11.2 released 11/3 - 11/03/06

From: Email Guy
Subject:       Web Mail 5.11.2 released 11/3
Date: November 3, 2006 9:37 AM
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Version 5.11.2 was released in the wee hours this morning. This is a maintenance release that has some significant improvements, and a lot of bug fixes. If you find that any bug fix listed below still happens to you, please report it here as a comment and we'll see it. We have some other exciting releases coming up that will be described in the Plans category. Here is a list of most of the changes in this release:

  • Color & Graphics compose mode (html messages) should now work on most browsers except Safari. Up to now it only worked on Internet Explorer. You should see a new toolbar in the compose view. Safari will be added soon.

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  • Spell-check should now work on html messages as well as plain text messages.
  • Spell-check should now work on most browsers.

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  • The Allowed Sender Request form (when you use spamBlocker on High) now has an audio CAPTCHA option for visually impaired users that can't read the image CAPTCHA (human verification). At the moment it only works with some audio configurations. It will be enhanced in the next round.
  • The problem with the Back button having to be clicked three times is fixed.
  • The address autocomplete feature now has a loading indicator for large address books, so on the first compose of a session you will know when it is still loading.
  • The bug that caused autocomplete to fail if you had a contact name containing an apostrophe, is fixed.
  • Support for 800x600 displays is fixed so that you don't have to scroll the main window horizontally.
  • All banner ads now load last after all other content, so they should never cause a delay. All features are usable before the banners load.
  • Seaching for a word in the To header now includes the CC and BCC headers too.
  • The bug with a long CC line causing the page to expand horizontally is fixed.
  • The bug where the selected message in preview mode was not highlighted is fixed.
  • Certain special characters (including % and !) that are supposed to be allowed in email addresses, are now supported.
  • Various minor bugs in the Address Book were fixed.
  • Fixed the bug that caused an error when sending, "Due to a problem with your browser, your message cannot be sent. It has been saved in the Drafts folder." This was an incompatibility with users running Norton Security.
  • The forwarding preference now allows setting up to 10 forward addresses.
Please check the Bugs section for information on some other outstanding problems we are working on, and check Plans for other new things on the horizon.

This release also added support for a new Address Book backend that will be coming up soon, enhancing the functionality of our Address Book. More on that later.

Discussion

Posted by: Bob Brown   |   October 14, 2007 9:46 AM    |   (1)

I read your "Web Mail 5.11.2 released 11/3" dated November 3, 2006 regarding Color & Graphics. It said that "Color & Graphics compose mode (html messages) should now work on most browsers except Safari. Up to now it only worked on Internet Explorer. You should see a new toolbar in the compose view. Safari will be added soon."

It has been almost a year and I have not notice "Color & Graphics" in Safari. When will this be added?

Thanks

Bob

Editing HTML text boxes within Safari is a limitation of the browser itself, and one that we may not be able to overcome. You will find this limitation on most web sites that have an HTML text entry box (as opposed to plain text), not just here. We are working on adding a limited ability to do HTML editing in Safari, and if we are successful, you'll see it soon (this year).

Many Macintosh users choose to download and use Firefox instead, as it is a better browser and one that is constantly maintained and up-to-date. it also sets the standard for all browsers now, as Microsoft's IE7 finally changed over to render web pages using the same set of standards that Firefox was already using.

Email Guy


Posted by: SAW   |   October 26, 2007 6:36 PM    |   (2)

I saw that the "address book loading" problem of not loading was supposedly corrected in the past and that if anyone was still having problems to please contact Email guy... well, I'm still having problems. Not every time, just most of the time. Sometimes after I've been in my mailbox for more than 10 minutes and want to forward a message, it still will show that it's loading.

Posted by: Joe   |   November 6, 2007 5:33 PM    |   (3)

Subject: Please add Email Tagging.

This is an email organizational request. The biggest problem with email is following the email thread over time. Typically this is categorized by the subject line. After several emails deep, the thread tends to change to something completely different. It would be nice to have a field that the user could associate with a particular email.

For example, an email thread can start with a subject about "washing the car" and about thirty emails in it's actually about buying a house but the subject line reads: "re: washing the car." Also, user's tend to find the last email you sent them and reply to it without changing the subject line.

So it would be nice to be able to tag that email as the context changes; it would help in searches and organizing in general.

Putting them in their own folder won't/doesn't work. It becomes too cumbersome and difficult to discern emails from different dates and subjects across folders.

Thanks for your consideration

Posted by: Brian   |   November 7, 2007 4:51 PM    |   (4)

When will web mail allow copying and pasting of pictures into the body of an email?

Posted by: Michael Holland   |   November 11, 2007 8:54 PM    |   (5)

I'm a Mac user and do not have Color and Graphics feature for new messages; my wife is a PC user and does. What do I need to do to get this feature?

The Safari browser does not support that feature. You could use Firefox (a free download) and then it would work.

Email Guy


Posted by: shakeh   |   December 9, 2007 2:38 AM    |   (6)

At times when i am in the middle of composing an email and am about to send it, I receive a notice that my computer is not connected to the internet or Safari can not open this page. Is there a way to save the work before this message appears so all is not lost? This is extremely frustrating.

We're working on an auto-save feature.

Email Guy


Posted by: Darrell Shandrow   |   March 8, 2008 2:05 PM    |   (7)

I appreciate the implementation of the audio CAPTCHA. I just encountered one of the spamBlocker request forms earlier this morning, and was pleasantly surprised to see this issue was constructively resolved, after retention of the inaccessible CAPTCHA for over three years. All of you may want to take a look at the following article covering the accessibility aspects of this CAPTCHA:

http://blog.blindaccessjournal.com/2008/03/visual-verification-earthlink.html

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