Tabs and Trunk
I wanted to title this post "Dabs and Drunk" but I was not sure everyone knows a Dab is a beer...
I think there is something really bad in the way tabs are handled in Firefox on the trunk. Let me explain:
- suppose your window is quite wide and you have 3 tabs/tabpanels; each tab has the same width.
- add tabs until there's not enough space for the next tab; tabs start shrinking a bit everytime you add a new tab...
- ...until there's not enough space for each tab; tabs don't shrink ad infinitum like in Firefox 1.5 and, instead, two scroll arrows appear on each end of the tabbox to scroll between tabs. A new... uuuhh... well... thingy is present at the right of the tabbox to select between tabs.
Ok, so suppose you have enough tabs in your browser to make appear the arrows. You select a tab, let's say the 3rd tab of your n tabs, and click on the close button. Click again on the what-was-the-next-tab's close button. And so on...until there are not enough tabs left in the browser to maintain the smallest tab width. And suddenly you can't click any more on the close button because the close button has MOVED ! You need to move your mouse to click the close button. Yeah, I know, you can still control-W ; but if I am using my mouse, it's perhaps BECAUSE i prefer using my mouse, and not my keyboard.
Sorry friends, but I think this is not a very good UI and the problem I described above should not happen. If you start putting a scrollbox around tabs, then tabs should not shrink.
Personnaly, I don't like at all the new tab system.