Mac OS X: Mail ugliness

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
August 29th, 2003 • 5:13 pm

If you have more than one email account and you are using Mac OS X’s Mail application, you can probably reproduce the following.

Compose a new message. This opens a new window, with the “To:” field highlighted using the “blue halo” effect.

Now go to the “Account:” pop-up menu to SELECT a different account to send the message from:


Select the new account and release the mouse button. Now look at the “blue halo” effect around the “To:” field:


Not pretty. Apple doesn’t even have the excuse of it being a defective “image refresh” mechanism, since at no point was the email account pop-up menu covering the blue halo, as my pictures SHOW quite clearly.

It’s purely cosmetic, and I am not losing any sleep over it, but it still is symptomatic of Mac OS X’s less-than-polished aspects.

I’ll be curious to see if this particular glitch is fixed in Mac OS X 10.3

3 Responses to “Mac OS X: Mail ugliness”

  1. vaag says:

    You are too impatient: just wait c. 10 seconds and see what happens! (Still a bug, though)

  2. Pierre Igot says:

    Right you are :). I would never wait that long for something to refresh, though! :)

  3. vaag says:

    If I compose a new message I’m tabbing my way from the top field (=”To:”) downwards to the “Account” field. So, I never see this halo anomalia. This works because I’ve selected “access all controls in the current dialog” in the keyboard prefpane.

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