Apart from an IMAP/POP service we provide a webmail front end to interact with our mail server via SquirrelMail. This tool has a very annoying feature, search results are ordered by date, but in the wrong way: From old to new!
SquirrelMail is a very simple to administrate front end, not very nice, but if my experimental icedove doesn’t work I use it too. Furthermore we have staff members, who only use this tool and aren’t impressed by real user-side clients like icedove or sylpheed.. What ever, I had to resort these search results!
Searching for a solutions doesn’t result in a solution, so I had three options: Modifying the SquirrelMail code itself (very bad idea, I know), providing a plugin for SquirrelMail, or writing a userscript.
The layout of this website is lousy! I think the never heard of div’s or CSS, everything is managed by tables in tables of tables and inline layout specifications -.-
So detecting of the right table wasn’t that easy. I had to find the table that contains a headline with the key
If I’ve found such a table, all the rows have to be sorted from last to first. Except the first ones defining the headline of that table. So I modified the DOM:
Ok, that’s it! Using this script the search results are ordered in the correct way. Let’s wait for a response from these nerdy SquirrelMail-user ;-)
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