Address books are a great time saving feature. Frequently used addresses may be stored here. LDAP servers (Often used in companies and universities to make organization-wide addresses easily available) are supported as well.
Put a familiar name here. Something to help jog your memory. Anything that will give you an accurate idea to whom this email address belongs.
This must be the person's fully qualified email address. Guessing here just won't cut it. There are three parts to an email address. First is the recipients identifier, such as "johnq". Next is the domain name section, which could take the form "tayloru". Last comes the top level domain, which could be one of a ton of things like au, cc, us, com, org, net or might look like edu. So if we put all those together it must be in the form of firstname.lastname@example.org. If this is not correct you are likely to get your mail back in the form of a bounced message.
This is another field where you can put something to remind you about who this person is. This is made to be longer than the "Nick Name". For instance, if you meet a business contact, you could put "Met at the Tomatoe Symposium".
These two buttons allow you to select a single address and then change any of the above fields, or delete the entry entirely. You are only allowed to select one entry at a time for the edit button.
Fill in the fields as they are listed. The first three (Nickname, E-mail address, and First name) must be filled in. Both Last name and Additional info are optional.
LDAP is a protocol for central unified storage and remote access of information. For example; a university might use LDAP as the single place where all students, staff, and faculty email addresses are stored and made available. If configured to use the universities LDAP server, SquirrelMail would then be able to list all campus email address (along with the other address book fields if available). SquirrelMail's LDAP use is truly powerful in that it combines your local address book and the LDAP address server information to present all of the information as if it was a single address book.
The LDAP setting may be configured to use any LDAP server, or disabled as a feature altogether. You will need to talk to you system administrator about this feature if you have specific questions.
LDAP settings affect the entire SquirrelMail system; as a result they must be set up or altered by someone with administrative authority.