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Chapter 1 Introduction to Messenger Express and Customization
iPlanet Messenger Express is a web-based electronic mail program that enables end users to access their mailboxes using a browser. Messenger Express clients send mail to a specialized web server that is part of iPlanet Messaging Server. The HTTP service then sends the message to the local Message Transfer Agent (MTA) or to a remote MTA for routing or delivery.
Almost all features of Messenger Express are fully customizable. This guide explains the features that are customizable. Most features can also be customized easily during an upgrade.
This chapter contains the following sections:
Messenger Express Customization Overview
Messenger Express Customization Overview
Messenger Express Components
Location of Customizable Files
lists the files to be edited to customize Messenger Express, and which part of Messenger Express each file controls.
What the File Controls in Messenger Express
Messenger Express Localization
You can localize any feature of iPlanet Messenger Express. You can create different pages for different languages. When you create language-specific static webmail pages, you group them in subdirectories under the main document directory. The webmail code automatically detects the client's language preference and fetches the webmail pages from the appropriate subdirectory.
Table 1-2 lists the specific locales (and their abbreviations) that Messenger Express services. The protocol's default language is English.
Location of Locale-Specific Customizable Files
Basic Interfaces and Associated Functions
This section presents the functions associated with various Messenger Express screens, including:
The files containing the functions reside in the server-root/html directory, where server-root represents the directory path in which the Message Server software is installed.
The Messenger Express inbox screen, shown in Figure 1-1, enables you to view all messages and its basic features for example, subject, from, received and size. The inbox screen gets new messages and enables you to search for or delete old messages, as well as move messages into other folders.
Figure 1-1    Messenger Express Inbox Screen
Inbox Screen Functions
Table 1-3 lists the functions needed to customize the inbox screen, including main functions (found in main.js) and parent functions (found in mbox_fs.html).
The Messenger Express message screen, shown in Figure 1-2, displays the message selected from the inbox screen. The message screen gives the option of replying to the sender(s), forwarding the message, moving the message to a different folder, or deleting the message. The message screen also enables navigation to the next or previous message.
Figure 1-2    Messenger Express Message Screen
Message Screen Functions
Table 1-4 lists the functions needed to customize the message screen, including main functions (found in main.js) and parent functions (found in msg_fs.html).
The Messenger Express Folders screen, shown in Figure 1-3, displays all folders that can be accessed. The Folders screen lists the number of messages contained and the size of each folder. The Folders screen also enables creating new folders, renaming or deleting old ones, subscribing or unsubscribing shared folder, sharing folder, moving a folder within another folder, updating the inbox, and composing new messages. Like the Inbox screen, the Folders screen also enables collection of external mails.
Figure 1-3    Messenger Express Folders Screen
Folders Screen Functions
Table 1-5 lists the functions needed to customize the folders screen, including main functions (found in main.js) and parent functions (found in fldr_fs.html).
The Messenger Express Options screen, shown in Figure 1-4, enables access to the subscriber's account summary, personal information, password, settings, appearance, vacation message, and delegated administrator, all of which can be customized.
Figure 1-4    Messenger Express Options Screen
Options Screen Functions
Table 1-6 lists the parent. functions (found in opts_fs.html) needed to customize the options screen.
The Messenger Express composition window, shown in Figure 1-5, is used primarily to compose a new message. You can also use the window to save a draft or attach a file to the message, look up a recipient in the address book, access the help file, and cancel the composition altogether. Mail recipients can be added in "To", "Cc", or "Bcc" fields. You can edit the message in Text or HTML format and also check the spelling. The composition window also enables you to set the mail priority or request for a return receipt.
Figure 1-5    Messenger Express Composition Window
Composition Window Functions
Table 1-7 lists the functions needed to customize the composition window, including main functions (found in main.js) and parent functions (found in comp_fs.html).
Message Search Window
The Messenger Express message search window, shown in Figure 1-6, is primarily used to search messages by entering sender's name, subject, body text, or recepient's name. You can also delete the messages from the search list.
Figure 1-6    Messeage Search Window
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