Friday, 17 November 2006

Tabbed user interfaces

I've been using Firefox for web browsing since it's first release, so I'm quite used to tabbed-browsing.

The new version of Firefox (and IE7 too) has made a small change to how tabbed browsing works - the 'close tab' button is now part of each tab.

Firefox tabs

What I've realised is that there's a difference now with how Visual Studio works - it's tabbed editing environment is like the old Firefox method - there's just one 'close' button over on the right-hand side.

Visual Studio tabs

I'm not sure which way I prefer - I can see advantages to both, but I just wish that I could make all the apps do it the same way and not be inconsistent now.

I haven't tried any of the CTPs of the next version of Visual Studio yet, but I would guess that they'll change Visual Studio to mirror tabbing in IE7 (and Firefox 2).

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