Bug 31650 - kmail annotate email messages
Summary: kmail annotate email messages
Alias: None
Product: kmail
Classification: Applications
Component: general (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Platform: Compiled Sources Linux
: NOR wishlist
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: kdepim bugs
: 42083 69003 70717 77363 79684 85781 91927 97365 102740 107159 132626 134606 154982 161150 208076 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2001-08-27 03:48 UTC by torsten
Modified: 2010-03-06 14:57 UTC (History)
17 users (show)

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Description torsten 2001-08-27 03:34:19 UTC
(*** This bug was imported into bugs.kde.org ***)

Package:           kmail
Version:           cvs 21 august 2001 (using KDE 2.9.0 CVS/CVSup/Snapshot)
Severity:          wishlist
Installed from:    Compiled sources
Compiler:          gcc
OS:                Linux
OS/Compiler notes: Not Specified

Hi I run a small online business.  I use kmail as my mail program.

I was just perusing old emails trying to figure which ones had been taken care of which ones were pending and so on.

It would be excellent if I could annotate an email - something like popup notes but attached to an email.  A small window embedded to the right of the text around which the text flows - yellow - and I could type in notes.

Oh yeah that would be great.


(Submitted via bugs.kde.org)
Comment 1 David Cornish 2003-12-09 19:33:04 UTC
I frequently wish I could add small annotations to messages, just with notes on what needs doing to deal with a message or thoughts to include in my reply when I have time to write a full reply later on.
Comment 2 Henrique Pinto 2004-04-25 12:51:46 UTC
*** Bug 79684 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Tom Albers 2004-07-23 21:42:11 UTC
*** Bug 85781 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 4 Tom Albers 2004-07-25 16:10:16 UTC
*** Bug 69003 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 Tom Albers 2004-07-25 16:43:36 UTC
*** Bug 70717 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 Tom Albers 2004-08-06 23:52:58 UTC
*** Bug 77363 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 7 Tom Albers 2004-10-25 21:00:51 UTC
*** Bug 91927 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 8 Tristan Miller 2005-03-05 22:10:51 UTC
Reminder to developers who may wish to implement this bug:  The original message should not be altered, or else any PGP signatures will be broken.  Also, annotation should be compatible with PGP-encrypted messages.
Comment 9 Mathias Homann 2005-03-05 22:34:46 UTC
that should be no problem at all, as soon as you store the annotations somewhere else than in the message.
a good thing to link a note to a message would be the message-id which should be unique.
so, what about a local sqlite database with three fields in a table,
msgID, timestamp, text of note?
Comment 10 Kevin Goeser 2005-03-05 22:47:12 UTC
I like the idea of cross-referencing all Kontact objects (see #89093 ). This seems to be work on progress (it is sort of working in the beta/rc1). Perhaps it is possible to widen these efforts up to kmail :)
It would be great, to link (bidirectionally?) an email and a [note, task, event].
Comment 11 Massimiliano Hofer 2005-03-17 11:33:19 UTC
I think that creating an additional database or linking it to some other existing one isn't ideal for everyone. If I had an IMAP mailbox and used it from more than one computer (laptop and desktop) I would like to have the same notes.
Storing them as a custom header in the message itself would solve this problem, at the cost of polluting the message (but KMail already uses custom headers for other things). If this creates indexing and efficiency problem you could cache it in a local database.
Moreover it would be nice to have labels assigned to a message. Possibly more than one and use them for fast search or color coding in the message list.
For example I could have a folder for every major customer and labels for message type (support, billing, etc). I would like to combine labels and use them in multiple folders so that I'm not limited to a hierarchycal structure.
These would be very short and could be stored in the message without much trouble. Storing them there would mean that i could use a web mail interface for a quick check and move the message to another folder without losing the information or forward the mail to someone keeping it (if I choose to and the recipient chooses to trust me on that).
Comment 12 Till Adam 2005-03-21 19:25:50 UTC
*** Bug 97365 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 13 Tarlika Elisabeth Schmitz 2006-10-31 17:35:20 UTC
As requested in http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=69003, which was marked as a duplicate, it would be great to be able to label messages. In Thunderbird, I have grown used to the messages being colour-coded. This feature is nicely complemented by a message filter action, so the messages are automatically labelled and colour-coded as they come in.

I am not quite sure how colour-coding of messages would work in conjunction with multiple labels per message, which has been requested by many people.

It is also worth noting, that the message labels as they are currently implemented in Thunderbird are compatible with Ximian Evolution: once labelled in one email client, they are displayed colour-coded in the other.
Comment 14 Bram Schoenmakers 2007-03-09 00:10:27 UTC
*** Bug 102740 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 15 Bram Schoenmakers 2007-03-09 00:11:51 UTC
*** Bug 42083 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 16 Bram Schoenmakers 2007-03-09 00:12:20 UTC
Bug 42083 mentions a highlighting feature too.
Comment 17 Lothar Krause 2007-08-04 13:50:13 UTC
Add tags, like Thunderbird does in 2.
Comment 18 Thomas McGuire 2007-08-12 13:29:13 UTC
*** Bug 132626 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 19 Thomas McGuire 2008-01-02 19:28:46 UTC
*** Bug 154982 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 20 Dotan Cohen 2008-07-19 16:06:33 UTC
One of the dupes (42083) asks for these specific features:
1) Kmail would have highlight ability: the user could highlight part of the text of an email message, and when he reopen the message at a later date the hightlight would still be present.
2) Kmail would have a notes feature, where a note could be assigned to an email. When the user reopens the email message, his accompanying note would be there, too.
3) These should be implemented in a database and the original email in the mbox/maildir file would remain untouched. Much like the flags work. 

I very much agree that this should be implemented. Even if this would not be part of the core Kmail, it could be an extension if bug #33670 were implemented.
Comment 21 Björn Ruberg 2009-12-21 15:27:07 UTC
*** Bug 107159 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 22 Björn Ruberg 2009-12-29 23:12:42 UTC
*** Bug 134606 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 23 Björn Ruberg 2010-01-16 23:58:09 UTC
*** Bug 161150 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 24 Thomas McGuire 2010-01-17 23:13:08 UTC
Adding notes to mails is now implemented for KMail 2, see http://thomasmcguire.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/nepomuk-in-kmail-2/.
Comment 25 Björn Ruberg 2010-03-06 14:57:45 UTC
*** Bug 208076 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***