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(For 3.7 Mockups: User:Tro/Firefox 3.7 Windows Theme Mockups)

Initial Windows Theme Mockups for Firefox 4.0

Version A - Tabs-on-Bottom

Mockup-4-0-Vista-(TabsBottom).png

Possibly add a Bookmarks widget as an upfront replacement for the Bookmarks menu/Bookmarks toolbar (option to turn those on would remain).

Version B - Tabs-on-Top

Mockup-4-0-Vista-(TabsTop)-(LocBarSearch).png

The more contentious Tabs-on-Top concept.

Positives

  • Save Vertical Space
  • Efficiency/Remove Visual Complexity - Right now the tabs have to be connected to something. So we are adding an extra visual element for them to connect to.
  • Shorter Mouse Distance to Page Controls

Negatives

  • Breaks Consistency/Familiarity - Moving things confuses existing users.
  • Title is MIA - With the space removed from the titlebar you only get the truncated version in the tab.
  • Longer Mouse Distance to Tabs - Takes longer to mouse to a tab.
  • Lost Space - Sandwiched in between the application icon and the window widgets you lose some space.

Combo Stop/Refresh/Go Button

Mockup-4-0-Vista-(TabsBottom)-(LocBar).png Attached at the end of the location bar.

  • Turns green when you start typing.
  • Blends with the location bar when at rest.
  • Turns blue on hover.
  • Turns red when a page is loading.

The proposed iconography is mostly colorless. Adding color to these temporary action driven buttons will make it more obvious something is going on.