Monday April 14, 2003

Safari has Tabs!

The latest Safari beta has tabs! It has AutoFill as well. My first and second most desired enhancements are now part of Safari. My new favorite browser now has everything I wanted!.

Tabs have been a big deal since Safari shipped the first Beta. There are Tabs in Mozilla and (most) users like tabs (count me among them). Giles Turnbull wrote an article comparing Safari to Camino (formerly Chimera), the Mac OS X Aquatized Mozilla project. He wrote:

No sooner had Safari made it out into the wild, than many users were clamoring for tabbed browsing. Long available in Mozilla, Opera, and other browsers, the use of tabs to bring together a screenload of web browser windows into a smaller, single-window package has become a very popular feature (although there are some who consider tabs alien to the Mac way of doing things).

Those who think tabs are "alien" to the Mac are just not thinking clearly (or perhaps they have themselves firmly rooted themselves in the past). For example, Simon Kent in his to tab or not to tab diatribe, heads a section Let's clutter up our cocoa and complains about people who want tabs as part of the Cocoa programming APIs.

Well, I hate to tell you all this, but it's too late. Tabs are already part of the Cocoa API! Not all Cocoa apps use them but tabs are there, ripe for the using. Tabs may not have been common in Mac OS System 7 (or 8 or 9) but they are getting pretty popular in Mac OS X. The System Preferences are loaded with examples of using tabs.

See the Aqua Human Interface Guidelines, which state:

The tab control provides a convenient way to present information in a multipage format.
or the Cocoa Developer Documentation:
A tab view is a convenient way to provide information in multiple pages. A tab view usually contains a row of tabs that give the visual appearance of folder tabs. When the user clicks on a tab, the tab view displays a view page provided by your application.

Tabs have already been here, in Mac OS X. And, as of now, they're here in Safari too.

Safari has Tabs! ( in category WebTech ) - posted at Mon, 14 Apr, 14:07 Pacific | «e»