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Mix Safari 4 Beta and Final to get tabs on top
Authored by: lstewart on Jun 12, '09 08:29:25AM
Honestly I really like the idea of title bar tabs. However, Safari's implementation in the beta, while inventive, was flawed in my opinion. I'm sad that they reverted to tabs below instead of going further and fixing the flaws!

I favor Chrome's approach to tabs. In Chrome, you get a small area above the tabs where you can click & drag to move the entire window. Clicking & dragging (anywhere) on the tabs themselves always results in manipulating the tab. Also, each tab has a close button that is always visible and always clickable. IMO it's a lot more intuitive than Safari's approach, which made clicks on the tab apply to the tab, but drags on the tab apply to the whole window. Safari's tabs also misuse the resize widget, making it the vehicle to drag tabs around (whereas someone might expect it to resize a tab, based on what that widget does elsewhere). Also, Safari's close buttons were hidden until you moused over the tab (and still are--drat!).

Just looking at a Safari beta window with multiple tabs open, you have no idea how to (a) move the window; or (b) close an individual tab. You have to experiment with it in order to see how it works. Chrome's tabs look less standard, but usage is immediately obvious. I'm not sorry to see Safari's title bar tabs go, but I still hope they try to find an approach to "tabs on top" that makes more sense.

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