The review screen which is displayed after a message is composed
contains a lot of empty space and in my opinion unnecessarily uses up
space for displaying key bindings, which is something that is not
present anywhere else in aerc plus it duplicates the functionality of
This empty space plus the space created by the removal of the key hints
could instead be used to actually present the message for a proper
review in a similar manner that the
:preview command invokable from
the review screen does.
Where there are now key hints and the empty space of the usually short
attachment list, there could instead be an open pager displaying the
actual message in the same way that it would be after
invoked. This would make it possible to immediately see the message in
full as the recipient will see it (modulo their email client) without
the ability to alter it by accident (such as pressing a wrong key in the
editor and then saving without noticing). List of attachments would also
look the same as for
:preview and switching between them would be
possible which would also allow for their inspection. In addition, this
change would allow for a full inspection of all message headers. At the
same time, all operations which are now valid for the
screen would be valid here.
Effectively, this would remove the middle step of dropping to the review
screen after editor is closed and invoking
:preview (plus the steps of
closing the preview and going back to the review screen to send the
Several points have been brought up in the discussion. This "improved" review screen should be clearly discernible from a received message viewer. The screen could perhaps include some header or the tab title could indicate that it is a composed message.
A way to simulate this behaviour has also been suggested: a hook could
be added which would trigger when the editor exits. The user could use
this hook to automatically invoke
:preview. For this to fully
encompass all of the above it would also have to be ensured that the
:send command and others can be invoked on a
which is currently not the case.
It has also been mentioned that the attachments list could be displayed
while composing below the editor similarly as it is shown below the
pager in message viewer. Message editing could then be fully performed
compose::editor screen including attachments and in addition
to the above described changes to the review screen, a configuration
option could be added to have the message sent immediately upon
successful editor exit (
review = true|false).
The original discussion can be found here . Note that the original formulation is rather confusing and does not describe exactly the same behaviour as is described here.