Feb 26 2021 03:03 AM
Feb 26 2021 03:03 AM
Currently, tabs become very impractical when users have loads of them open -- the titles shrink-down to the point where eventually all you have are a few letters from the start of the page title, and beyond that, just the favicons. While desktop and laptop users can hover-over the tabs to see the title in the screentip, this is difficult for touchscreen-only users to do without accidentally closing the tab, or switching to it.
So, thinking back to how Windows XP solved this issue for the Taskbar, it made me wonder -- why has no browser yet copied that same approach for websites?
And with that... presenting a mock-up of how this could look!
Feb 26 2021 03:47 AM
Feb 26 2021 03:53 AM - edited Feb 26 2021 03:57 AM
They spent months developing and testing this feature to tackle this problem.
it's Not about people wishing to use the vertical tabs, people use it 1) if they want to 2) when tabs are too many to fit in the horizontal tab strip.
it's your choice in the end to use it or not, but maybe someone then come and say i want a circular tab strip, because they don't want to use horizontal nor vertical.
so my point is, vertical tab strip wasn't introduced only as a different style of browsing, it was mainly for solving the problem of horizontal tab strip with too many tabs.
there are other ways, such as having a scrollable horizontal tab strip, Chromium had it for some time I remember.
Feb 26 2021 03:58 AM
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Feb 26 2021 05:00 AM
Feb 26 2021 05:04 AM - edited Feb 26 2021 05:07 AM
Searching the web for some of those flags it seems "#edge-tab-groups-auto-create" works similar to the old IE11 tab grouping, where pages from the same site appear in the same colour, which is not quite what I'm suggesting: I want them folded into one tab.
Likewise, "#edge-tab-groups-collapse" would hide all the tabs for the same site, and when you click on the parent tab, make a tab for each page then flyout to the right (or left, if you use a R-T-L language), which again I don't want.
I just want a single tab for each site (or when the favicon changes on the same site, e.g. BBC News versus BBC iPlayer) and subdomain, with a list of pages accessible below.
I made a post about Tab grouping and all of its features + video, these features come very handy
auto creation puts each tab in a different tab group if they aren't from the same origin, but there are few exceptions, like if you are in a tab group and you open a website from favorites toolbar, it is put in the same tab group, when it should be put in a separate new tab group of its own.
Feb 26 2021 05:05 AM
"That's not quite the circular tab strip I meant [...] I meant something like a circle at the top"
Similar to the inventory rings from the first-three classic Tomb Raider games I'd imagine. A simpler way would simply be to introduce an option titled "Use wraparound-scrolling when the tab bar overflows" and then make it so when a user hovers over the tab-bar and then scrolls the mouse-wheel it doesn't stop at either the left-most or right-most edge, but scrolls continuously in a long-line.
(I think there may even be an option in Firefox natively that already does this?)
Yeah inventory ring or weapons wheel is more like it :)
I don't remember seeing it in Firefox