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Subject:   Tabs not "alien" to Mac OS X
Date:   2003-03-29 10:04:27
From:   vlb
I feel sorry for those who claim that tabs are "un-maclike". They are stuck in ClassicMacland. Tabs weren't very prominent in Mac OS 7/8/9 but they are a full citizen of Aqua. Just take a look at many of the System preferences... or the Aqua Human Interface Guidelines!
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  • Tabs not "alien" to Classic MacOS either.
    2003-04-05 01:08:27  anonymous2 [View]

    "They are stuck in ClassicMacland."

    I read the anti-tab rant linked to by this article. The author of that is a pompous idiot, but this "ClassicMacland" comment is making the same mistake. It's hard to see how tabs on 8 or 9 are any less prominent than in X. And the general concept of "flipping the page" on a window's contents using a row or column of controls can be seen with the System 6 Control Panel... the current System Preferences app in X is like a very poor version of that.

    One thing I wish would change with tabbed browsing, though, is having tabs on the side instead of along the top. I hate seeing tabs and tab names shrink Windows Taskbar Style. Stick them in a side bar so that the width doesn't change and the names can be read.

    Hell, if the OS X Finder had a tab/favorites sidebar, this would be a big improvement over using Dock aliases, and the single-window navigation mode would probably gain more traction among long time Mac users... and then maybe Steve Jobs could stop pouting about users cluttering their desktops.

  • Tabs not "alien" to Mac OS X
    2003-03-29 19:25:29  anonymous2 [View]

    Take a look at Apple's own website. It too has tabs.