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Gallery: Firefox 4 preview plays with tabs, lights

Mozilla Foundation released mockups of Firefox 4.0 that show different tab placements and a browser icon that turns colors according to your activity.
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Mozilla released Firefox 4.0 mockups for its fans to review. The debates are over where to put the tabs and whether to add color codes to the right of the address bar.

In this mockup the tabs are on top of the location bar. CNET's Stephen Shankland says it looks a lot like Chrome.

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Here's the same page as seen through Google's Chrome browser.
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Tabs below the location bar.

According to Mozilla - tabs on the top:

  • Save Vertical Space
  • Efficiency/Remove Visual Complexity - Right now the tabs have to be connected to something. So we are adding an extra visual element for them to connect to.
  • Shorter Mouse Distance to Page Controls

But the negatives are:

  • Breaks Consistency/Familiarity - Moving things confuses existing users.
  • Title is MIA - With the space removed from the titlebar you only get the truncated version in the tab.
  • Longer Mouse Distance to Tabs - Takes longer to mouse to a tab.
  • Lost Space - Sandwiched in between the application icon and the window widgets you lose some space.
  • Screenshot: Mozilla (Click on any image to enlarge.)

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    Green - typing in the location bar

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    Neutral - default rest state

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    Blue - refresh button hover state

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    Red - page loading is in progress

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