Observations, Thunderbird(at least)-applicable
- Address Book (as many as you want)
- - a Book contains one or more individual addresses
- - AND, optionally, one or more Address Lists
An Address List contains one or more of the names that are in the Book that the List is in
A List cannot contain a name that is not in the underlying Book (a cross-Book List)
But multiple Lists within a Book may duplicate names freely as desired
And, of course, an (individual) address may be listed in multiple Books. But this makes maintenance more difficult, since each instance has to be located.
The address portion of an email has, on each line, either an individual address (whether hand typed or selected from an Address Book is irrelevant), or the name of an Address List. These names (individuals and/or Lists) are freely specified; they are not restricted to one Book.
To: / Cc: / Bcc: / Reply-To: / Newsgroup: / Followup-To:
- applies to the individual_name or List_name that is on that line
- is line-specific (each line can be different)
- whatever is set, automatically repeats to the next line entered; but can be changed
- when a name entered is that of an Address List, it is not expanded in the email composition window
- - but the individual names ARE listed in the copy of the email in the Sent folder
- - no capability to sub-select (omit) an individual within a List (a List is not expanded for display)
- an email must have at least one addressee (well, duh), of any type
- - an email need not have an explicit [ To: ] addressee; any mix is valid
- Lists and the sending specification (To / Cc / etc.) are not linked.
If one has a particular combination of names and specifications (To, etc.) that is to be used repetitively, then a way to do this is to create a 'dummy' email with the desired settings. Then Save this email as a Template.
Another solution. Click on the Contacts button, select an Address Book, and double-click on each desired individual address or List name.
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