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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Vim window-splits
by boldingd on Wed 25th Aug 2010 21:04 UTC
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Member since:
2009-02-19

When I saw the title of the article, I thought, for a moment, that this awesome new feature was going to be something along the lines of a window-split, as in Vim (well, and other decent programmer's editors). Then I read the article, and found that I was mistaken.

And this made me sad. View splits would be a killer feature, as far as I'm concerned.

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RE: Vim window-splits
by wojnicki on Wed 25th Aug 2010 21:23 in reply to "Vim window-splits"
wojnicki Member since:
2009-06-23

I second window-splits. Especially considering wide screens (oh wait we have mostly wide screens these days) and their screen real estate - it would be a nice feature.

On the other hand it is true that this kind of UI features, as well as tabs or any other kind of MDI, should be implemented by the window manager (WM), not applications. Perhaps it's time for me to switch to a tiling WM?

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RE: Vim window-splits
by Damnshock on Wed 25th Aug 2010 23:27 in reply to "Vim window-splits"
Damnshock Member since:
2006-09-15

Have you tried konqueror? ;)

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RE: Vim window-splits
by Dave_K on Wed 25th Aug 2010 23:33 in reply to "Vim window-splits"
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

When I saw the title of the article, I thought, for a moment, that this awesome new feature was going to be something along the lines of a window-split, as in Vim (well, and other decent programmer's editors).


That (more or less) is something I've always really liked about Opera's MDI: you can tile tabs alongside each other, viewing more than one web page in a single window.

I've always felt that the way conventional tabs force all sub-windows to be maximised is a stupid limitation. MDI is much more versatile and flexible, making some ways of browsing much more efficient, especially when there's a decent amount of screen space to play with.

Unfortunately (like quite a few other things) it's very buggy in Opera 10.5/6. It's a shame how many of Opera's obscure and unsung features have been neglected and broken in favour of gimmicks and eye-candy. But hopefully it'll get an overhaul in a future release.

I'd definitely love to see something similar in other browsers.

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RE[2]: Vim window-splits
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 26th Aug 2010 18:06 in reply to "RE: Vim window-splits"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I think the mdi-ness of opera was a bit before its time. I didn't find it very useful with a 800x 600 screen. But now with a much larger screen, I see the value in it.

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RE[2]: Vim window-splits
by phoenix on Thu 26th Aug 2010 18:30 in reply to "RE: Vim window-splits"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Or, you could just split your tabs out into separate windows, and use the window manager to tile them accordingly. ;) You know, using the "window manager" itself to manage your windows.

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RE: Vim window-splits
by sPAZbEAT on Sun 29th Aug 2010 10:07 in reply to "Vim window-splits"
sPAZbEAT Member since:
2009-07-17

yeah. just a single horizontal split seems useful for comment pages that have the form at the bottom (usually). for a site you regularly visit, you can userstyle position:fixed to the form

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