Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Aug 2010 19:21 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Today, Mozilla released the fourth beta of Firefox 4.0. After a period of what I would call stagnation, the Mozilla team are back on track with delivering interesting UI concepts. They were sensible enough to copy Chrome's excellent tabs-on-top UI, but have now also added something called Panorama, a new and very interesting way of managing your open tabs.
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Tabs on Top
by Drumhellar on Wed 25th Aug 2010 20:12 UTC
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

It took me a while to get used to the "tabs on top" idea.
I always thought Firefox did things the right way.
Tabs organize content, and browser controls are separate from content, so tabs should contain only the content and not controls. It took a long while for me to be comfortable enough with tabs being all the way at the top before I could switch to Chrome (which has higher performance, and is very important on my aging laptop). I understand that Firefox performs better with ass-loads of tabs open, but I rarely have more than 20 open, and those are generally relatively simple pages.

A few important questions: Will it intelligently auto-group tabs? Say, if I'm using Google Reader, and launch a bunch of links from one site, then move on to another feed and start launching, can I configure it to automatically launch those in different groups? Can I set it up to intelligently resize groups that are full of wasted space?

I guess it's time to nab the beta and find out!

EDIT: I don't know why, but this is the first thing that has made me excited about Firefox 4. I was always excited about previous major releases, but not this one. I think the Chrome-style UI turned me away, despite being a Chrome user now.

Edited 2010-08-25 20:13 UTC

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RE: Tabs on Top
by reez on Wed 25th Aug 2010 22:55 in reply to "Tabs on Top"
reez Member since:
2006-06-28

You can put the tabs back to the old position using two clicks. I don't know how the English names are but View->(the second thingy)->"tabs on top" or something like that.

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RE: Tabs on Top
by phoenix on Thu 26th Aug 2010 18:28 in reply to "Tabs on Top"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

I always thought Firefox did things the right way.
Tabs organize content, and browser controls are separate from content, so tabs should contain only the content and not controls.


So, the URL of the current website is not part of the content for that website?

If you change the content of the tab (click a link, for example), you also want content outside of that tab to change (the controls)? How is that logical?

The address bar is part of the content of the tab and controls the content of the tab, thus it should be part of the tab.

The menu bar is a global thing that affects all parts of the app, thus it should be outside of the tabs.

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RE[2]: Tabs on Top
by Drumhellar on Sat 28th Aug 2010 01:09 in reply to "RE: Tabs on Top"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

While I don't consider the URL as part of content (kinda like a book's dewey decimal number), it's a moot point. Putting the tabs above or below the URL and browser buttons is completely arbitrary, and there is no right or wrong answer.

For me, it just feels like the tab bar belongs below. Luckily, it's configurable in Firefox.
Problem solved.

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