Saturday, 26 March 2011

Firefox 4 Tabs on Top

Firefox 3 had a rather perverted tab model, with the tabs visually connected to the header area rather than the content with which they are associated. Firefox 4 retains this as an option:

Safari is the same:

When Google Chrome came along (in this as so many areas) they decided to do things sensibly:

With Firefox 4, the default layout has changed to a Chrome-style "Tabs on Top" model:

Unfortunately, the Firefox designers don't seem to share the Oompa Loompas' respect for the scarcity of vertical space. The Google interface is certainly cleaner, so having just upgraded to Firefox 4, I may now give Chrome another try.

Isn't competition a beautiful thing! Firefox and Chrome owe their success not to clunky, belated anti-monopoly gestures, but to their superior functionality and performance.


It seems Chrome on Mac still has a nasty habit of splattering <div> and <meta> tags around when editing posts in Blogger, so I think I'll be sticking with Firefox for a while longer.

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