[Dovecot] Gmail like labels, three years later

Pablo Vieira pablo at vieira.es
Wed Mar 27 17:28:02 EET 2013

2013/3/27 Timo Sirainen <tss at iki.fi>

> On 27.3.2013, at 5.15, Pablo Vieira <pablo at vieira.es> wrote:
> > On this post http://www.dovecot.org/list/dovecot/2011-June/059605.html I
> > was asking about the possibility of using arbitrary labels on messages,
> > much like Gmail does. On following replies, I was told about  few tricks
> > that might be used, that the IMAP protocol was being considering UTF-8
> > labels and ways to integrate them into the current system, etc., etc.,
> etc.
> > That sounds nice and all.
> >
> > I'm chiming in three years later only to know if things have changed,
> both
> > at Dovecot and at the IMAP protocol. Are we closer to have proper labels
> on
> > IMAP? Labels that help sorting messages in virtual folders where a
> message
> > can belong in several of them?
> My latest idea: Keep using the rather dummy simple IMAP keywords. Use IMAP
> METADATA to create a mapping between keyword <-> human readable name.
> Dovecot is getting close to having native METADATA support. Such IMAP
> standard would still need to be designed though. Anyone up for writing an
> RFC? :)
> Thanks Timo, I'm not quite sure what IMAP METADATA is. Will have some
spare time this summer. Any good readings about IMAP you can recommend?
MIght as well help in that department.

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