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Tracked by: bug 318168
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- 1 Goals & Objectives
- 2 Overview
- 3 Discussion & Implications
Goals & Objectives
To drive tabbed browsing by default for Firefox 2.
- Identify usability landmines surrounding tabbed browsing
- Ensure compatibility with web applications (window/tab targeting)
- Find ways to optimize behaviour even more, in sync with Places
|Alpha 1||Tab overflow||basic functional spec done|
|Undo tab close||basic impl done, needs cleanup|
|Closebuttons on tabs||Done, fixing regressions|
|Alpha 2||Browsermessage API enhancements||Spec needed|
Tabbed browsing is one of the most popular features in Firefox, and as users are exposed they react most favourably once past the learning curve. We want to improve tabbed browsing so that it can be the default for all users, in a friendly and intuitive manner.
There is a considerable amount of debate over the "best" setup for tabbed browsing, and indeed there are numerous extensions that implement various modifications to the default behaviour. We need to conduct a significant amount of study in order to identify the best solution for all users and improve our experience based on those results.
- Hardcore tabbed browsing user (10-20 tabs at once, overflows tab bar)
- Confident consumer, sometimes uses multiple tabs, primarily single-track browsing
- Novice, tabs are a means to avoid managing multiple windows.
- Ease of Use
- Best combination of intuitive and optimized behaviours
- Able to undo tab closing (timed cleanup)
Plans & Design Documents
API Changes Required
- link targeting of tabs needs to be fixed (bug 323810)
- tabbrowser may have additional methods
The current design impacts the following areas of development
Integration points with bookmarks and multiple homepages
Discussion & Implications
This issue was brought up late in the Firefox 1.5 development cycle, and some good discussion was generated which detailed a lot of the issues and explored several options.
See this wiki page on tabbed browsing behavior as well as bug 308396 for some of that discussion.
There is a cumulative list at of tabbed browsing issues at Tabbed_Browsing/User_Interface_Design/Tab_Overflow and on its talk page Talk:Tabbed_Browsing/User_Interface_Design/Tab_Overflow