[lug] OT: Firefox Interface Tab Config

Davide Del Vento davide.del.vento at gmail.com
Thu Oct 31 20:29:07 MDT 2013

In general I strongly agree with you and in fact I still hate the UI
changes that started with KDE4, then GNOME3, Unity and a bunch of others
(not to mention gmail, since that is what I am using right now).
However for the tab bar of firefox I've always considered awkward when it
was below the address bar and the "fix" did not bother me at all.

On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 8:24 PM, Jed S. Baer <blug at jbaer.cotse.net> wrote:

> On Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:12:21 -0600
> Davide Del Vento wrote:
> > For the record, they switched the tab bar ABOVE the address bar since
> > each tab is (usually) for a different address and therefore the address
> > bar is a "piece" of the tab and makes more UI sense to have it below
> > (otherwise it is surprising to see the address change when you switch
> > tab)
> More academic hooh-hah! ;-)
> How is it surprising? Of course the URI in the location field changes
> when you switch tabs. I think their definition of 'surprise' is quite
> different from mine.
> For the record, I'm tired of being surprised by the UI changing all the
> time. I think that Larry Wall's principle of least surprise is better
> served by keeping the UI stable, unless there's a good reason for it,
> than by inventing a notion of something which is surprising, and then
> changing the UI to 'fix' it.
> How's THAT for a thread hijack!?
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