[spambayes-dev] button ideas (oh boy)

Kenny Pitt kenny.pitt at gmail.com
Fri Oct 1 16:24:25 CEST 2004

Tony Meyer <tameyer at ihug.co.nz> wrote:
> [From a message way back in May]
> [Kenny]
> > I suggest renaming the buttons to more generic "Spam"
> > and "Not Spam" (which also reduces the amount of space used by
> > the toolbar).
> Since this, there have been more instances of people getting confused by the
> word "Delete" in "Delete as Spam".  I'm very much +1 on changing to "Spam"
> and "Not Spam" to (a) reduce confusion, (b) gain space, and (c) allow them
> to appear in all folders.

Since I initiated this, I already had most of it on hand.  I updated
the text in the docs to go along with the code changes, and I'll check
this in shortly.  This is just to change the names on the buttons. 
I'll leave displaying both buttons in all folders for a separate step
because there are more issues there.  I also didn't update screenshots
pending possible icon changes (see below).

> So maybe I will look into disabling, but Kenny can still beat me
> to it... <wink>.

I'm not dealing yet with enabling based on individual message status,
but changing to disabling the buttons rather than hiding them is
extremely trivial.  I gave it a try and found one small problem with
it.  We don't have any transparency in our icon images because of the
crazy way Outlook requires the transparency mask to be created, so the
disabled icon shows up as just a solid gray square.  Not very

For a disabled icon, Outlook seems to gray out everything except
transparent or *white* pixels.  I'm playing with some replacement
icons that use white symbols in the foreground (an X for Spam and a
checkmark for Not Spam).  These also have backgrounds that fill the
entire icon square, thus eliminating the problems with the
non-transparent backgrounds around the current icons.  To give credit
where it is due, I stole the background idea from InBoxer.  I figured
Sean wouldn't be too upset given where a large chunk of his code came
from. <wink>

Anyway, I've attempted to attach my "rough draft" bitmaps for review
and comment.  Hopefully they'll make it to the list intact.  The
checkmark icon needs some cleaning up, but the X icon gives a pretty
good idea of what these would look like.

Kenny Pitt
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