Ben Goodger, lead engineer for Mozilla
Here at Google, we did some usability studies on the tabbed browsing feature. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ So here are a couple of things we have been experimenting with. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ Put close buttons on the
tabs. This makes it a lot easier to close tabs with the mouse. People weren’t seeing the close box in the usability test. It’s also out of the way and not connected with what’s actually being closed.
My response: Probably my biggest gripe with Firefox is having the tab close button disconnected from the tab itself. Every other browser I use has the close button on the tab and it’s easy to see which tab I’m closing. With Firefox I have to look for the close button and then feel an anxiety about whether it will close the tab I think I’m closing.
Even though I’ve been using computers since 1982 this one little thing has quite an impact. The other Mac browsers I use all have the close button on the tab itself which simply removes the anxiety factor for me.
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