I’ve re-subscribed to the Gunroom after
a long hiatus, and I’m using gmail instead
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
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
Update 2008-01-11: the above issues have been fixed! See this post for details. Still no monospaced font for composition though…
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.