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Color groups, Tags, and IMAP flags. How do they all interact?, Trying to understand the tagging system
 
I've been fooling around with the tags and color groups in TheBat! What I see is that when I set a color group on a message, it sets an IMAP flag on that message in the obfuscated form of CG followed by an 8-digit hex number (example: CGE24785EB). Another copy of TheBat! running on a different machine can correctly interpret those IMAP flags and display the proper color group, but other email clients display the CGxxxxxxxx flag string.

Defining a new Color Group includes specifying a "Unique ID" which in the built-in cases are all small integers. It appears that non-integer ID names also work, though I thought I saw some funny behavior from that. Apparently the "Unique ID" defines the CGxxxxxxxx string in some non-obvious way.

Setting a tag on a message is stored locally but does not appear to be saved into the IMAP server, so the tags will not propagate to a different machine. That's too bad, because I can put multiple tags on a message but only one color group.

Apparently I can apply a color group to a folder or to an account, but it isn't clear what that does. Does it just make a cosmetic change to the folder display?

I'd really like to see some better documentation on this stuff. I'd particularly like to be able to share tags between machines and even with other email client software such as Mozilla Thunderbird or Opera Mail, but without having to use flag strings like CG7C231048.
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