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Tab Strip Visual Redesign

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Tab Strip Visual Redesign
Stage Complete
Status Complete
Release target Firefox 29
Health OK
Status note `


Product manager Asa Dotzler
Directly Responsible Individual Stephen Horlander
Lead engineer Matthew Noorenberghe
Security lead `
Privacy lead `
Localization lead `
Accessibility lead `
QA lead Paul Silaghi
UX lead Stephen Horlander
Product marketing lead `
Operations lead `
Additional members Mike Conley

Open issues/risks


Stage 1: Definition

1. Feature overview

Redesign and streamline the Tab Strip.


  • Emphasis the current active tab
  • Create a soft, smooth and streamlined appearance

2. Users & use cases

All users that use tabs.

3. Dependencies

  • Implement window frame in XUL – bug 590945
  • Tabs in titlebar support for OSX – bug 625989
  • Ability to manipulate window controls for OSX - bug 851652

4. Requirements




Stage 2: Design

5. Functional specification


6. User experience design

Design Goals:

  • Soft curves connecting the Active Tab to the Tab Strip
  • No visual affordance to background tabs except on hover
  • Subtle separators for background tabs

Design Specs:


Stage 3: Planning

7. Implementation plan


8. Reviews

Security review


Privacy review


Localization review




Quality Assurance review


Operations review


Stage 4: Development

9. Implementation

Development work can be tracked in bug 732583 and its dependencies:

Planning etherpad Bug tracking dashboard

Stage 5: Release

10. Landing criteria

Must land in the same Firefox release as the Panel Menu and new toolbar customization

Feature details

Priority P1
Rank 999
Theme / Goal Experience
Roadmap User Experience
Secondary roadmap Firefox Desktop
Feature list Desktop
Project `
Engineering team Desktop front-end

Team status notes

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Security sec-review-unnecessary `
Privacy ` `
Localization ` `
Accessibility ` `
Quality assurance ` `
User experience ` `
Product marketing ` `
Operations ` `