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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RE: Vim window-splits
by Dave_K on Wed 25th Aug 2010 23:33 UTC in reply to "Vim window-splits"
Dave_K
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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"
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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"
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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[3]: Vim window-splits
by Dave_K on Fri 27th Aug 2010 18:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Vim window-splits"
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

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.


Maybe I could, if I was using a GUI with a decent window manager. But stuck using MS Windows that isn't an option.

Even with a better window manager, moving tabs between separate windows, then manipulating those windows, adds extra complexity and extra work, slowing down browsing. Sometimes it's better to make aspects of window management a feature of the application, especially when that application is used differently from others.

Window management that works fine for a few open documents or graphics, fails when trying to manage a large number of open web pages. When you're loading groups of bookmarks, opening multiple pages in the background from a single site, flicking through dozens of reviews or listings, and trying to keep it all efficiently managed, I think web browsers need their unique window management features.

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