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TorgoX (1933)


"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

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Thursday April 06, 2006
01:41 AM

Mozillamania! Catch it!

[ #29238 ]
Dear Log,

At times, a particular kind of monomania comes over me. It has roughly the form "doing this thing should be simple, so I'll spend five minutes trying to figure out how... [an hour goes by] ... this is not as simple as it should be, therefore I must NEVER GIVE UP!"

The other day I just wanted to change the color of quoted text in Thunderbird message-reply windows. (Not message viewing windows -- that is widely documented as a matter of having a blockquote[type=cite] { ... } rule in your Thunderbird userContent.css file.) Googling showed nothing. The DOM Inspector wasn't installable, or it would have taken me just seconds to find out the relevant classname. I ended up digging thru endless layers of Mozilla source code. Message viewing is a native part of Thunderbird, but the editing part is passed off, thru layers of indirection, to libeditor, which is way more than I wanted to know.

The answer ends up being a userContent.css rule like so:

  color: #f99 !important;
  font-size: smaller;
  background-color: #000;

...which I shall now submit to the Moz documentation people for inclusion in some TIPS 'N' TRICKS! page or something.

I think it took me about four hours of source-code-browsing fugue state to find that.

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