Semi-random brainstorming

Over the last while I’ve put together a few more mockups and thoughts about browser UI and features. These are, of course, just personal brainstorms and in no way should be construed as anything more than that, but I figured I’d throw them out into the world just in case someone finds them useful.

Feel free to comment here or on the wiki Discuss pages, if you like.

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16 thoughts on “Semi-random brainstorming

  1. I’d add a method to delete from disk items in the download manager (vs. the “Clean Up” button).

    And on Tabs, I feel that that would functionally change how I use my browser and how I use tabs in the same sense that tabs changed how I used a single browser window.

    I’d like to see something like a double-click on a stacked tab expand that tab and collapse all the other tabs (or even to spawn a new browser window with those tabs un-stacked).

    I’d probably use one window with all Bugzilla tabs stacked, all newspaper tabs stacked and whatever else, and switch between then instead of having a browser window open for each (or scrolling tabs).

  2. I’d add a method to delete from disk items in the download manager (vs. the “Clean Up” button).And on Tabs, I feel that that would functionally change how I use my browser and how I use tabs in the same sense that tabs changed how I used a single browser window.I’d like to see something like a double-click on a stacked tab expand that tab and collapse all the other tabs (or even to spawn a new browser window with those tabs un-stacked). I’d probably use one window with all Bugzilla tabs stacked, all newspaper tabs stacked and whatever else, and switch between then instead of having a browser window open for each (or scrolling tabs).

  3. What happens if not the last tab in a stack is the selected one? Right now it’s always the “top” one in each stack that is selected, but what happens if another one is? Or is a tab always moved to the top of the stack when it is selected?

    I would recommend against having a single tab in multiple stacks, that seem very confusing to me.

    I’d also merge “add to tab stack” and “move to tab stack” into a single action. Even if a tab isn’t in a stack the wording “move” sounds ok to me.

    Finally, I really think it’d help if smooth animations were used while the tabs moved around. Once you have this many tabs and stacks it’s going to be hard to see what is happening if things jump around like they do today.

  4. What happens if not the last tab in a stack is the selected one? Right now it’s always the “top” one in each stack that is selected, but what happens if another one is? Or is a tab always moved to the top of the stack when it is selected?I would recommend against having a single tab in multiple stacks, that seem very confusing to me.I’d also merge “add to tab stack” and “move to tab stack” into a single action. Even if a tab isn’t in a stack the wording “move” sounds ok to me.Finally, I really think it’d help if smooth animations were used while the tabs moved around. Once you have this many tabs and stacks it’s going to be hard to see what is happening if things jump around like they do today.

  5. Suggestions noted! I’d love to see tab animations — I think that’s a much-desired feature that would improve user experience a bunch. I’m sure beltzner could wax poetic about that for hours. 🙂

  6. Suggestions noted! I’d love to see tab animations — I think that’s a much-desired feature that would improve user experience a bunch. I’m sure beltzner could wax poetic about that for hours. 🙂

  7. Some thoughts, then:

    What does Tab Stacks buy you? Haven’t you just reinvented, er, windows (i.e. a way to group collections of tabs)?

    On the Download Manager mockup, where do the ratings come from? What is the Type column for?

    The tagging stuff looks interesting, but how does it fit in with Places? How do we get people past the “Hey? Where are my bookmarks? And how do I bookmark a page now?” thing?

  8. Some thoughts, then:What does Tab Stacks buy you? Haven’t you just reinvented, er, windows (i.e. a way to group collections of tabs)?On the Download Manager mockup, where do the ratings come from? What is the Type column for?The tagging stuff looks interesting, but how does it fit in with Places? How do we get people past the “Hey? Where are my bookmarks? And how do I bookmark a page now?” thing?

  9. On Tabs, as I perceive it, the main reason for the outlined improvement is to save some UI real estate allowing for more tabs to be open.
    Well, the idea is nice especially when your “browsing behaviour” consists of jumping from site to site. But when working with multiple tabs of same site, it becomes a bit cumbersome and what’s more, it still doesn’t allow for drag’n’droping between two tabs.
    Check out my opinion at http://wiki.mozilla.org/User_talk:FunTomas

  10. On Tabs, as I perceive it, the main reason for the outlined improvement is to save some UI real estate allowing for more tabs to be open.Well, the idea is nice especially when your “browsing behaviour” consists of jumping from site to site. But when working with multiple tabs of same site, it becomes a bit cumbersome and what’s more, it still doesn’t allow for drag’n’droping between two tabs.Check out my opinion at http://wiki.mozilla.org/User_talk:FunTomas

  11. Tab stacks:
    – There is only one tab per stack “big”, shouldn’t all tabs of the active stack have the same size? The other stacks could be reduce to drop-downs like in Fx2 if the tab bar can be scrolled.
    – For reducing confusion about tabs and stacks, another possibility would be to show only the active stack and place the others in a small vertical bar (like tabs) on the left (for western people, left for eastern).

    Download manager:
    – Pause, resume, abort buttons per file
    – Progress per file (depending on server and file size)
    – Use tree or similar for setting download locations per file.
    – The icon should have an arrow into it (at the moment, it looks like common unzip/extract icons)
    – Offtopic: Saving a complete page should show it later as it was displayed in the browser (after executing scripts and without adding content which had been blocked by Adblock Plus etc.)

    Tagging:
    – Use meta keywords as default

  12. Tab stacks:- There is only one tab per stack “big”, shouldn’t all tabs of the active stack have the same size? The other stacks could be reduce to drop-downs like in Fx2 if the tab bar can be scrolled.- For reducing confusion about tabs and stacks, another possibility would be to show only the active stack and place the others in a small vertical bar (like tabs) on the left (for western people, left for eastern).Download manager:- Pause, resume, abort buttons per file- Progress per file (depending on server and file size)- Use tree or similar for setting download locations per file.- The icon should have an arrow into it (at the moment, it looks like common unzip/extract icons)- Offtopic: Saving a complete page should show it later as it was displayed in the browser (after executing scripts and without adding content which had been blocked by Adblock Plus etc.)Tagging:- Use meta keywords as default

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