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Firefox Ditches the Dialog Box

Jun 04, 2010, 21:32 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Gilbertson)

"Get ready to say goodbye to Firefox's multitude of dialog boxes. Recent design mock-ups show Firefox moving toward an "in-content" look where settings, the add-on manager, themes and other "things which formerly appeared in dialog boxes" will now become just another tab in your browser.

"The mock-ups were posted by Mozilla designer Stephen Horlander, who calls them a "work in progress" and notes that the final versions may differ significantly. At this point, the designs have a natural feel. To navigate through the various preference setting in Horlander's mock-ups, you simply use the back and forward buttons as you would on any other web page.

"While the final look may change, the move to in-content displays is already well under way. The recent alpha testing release of Firefox 4 already has a tentative design for the new in-content Add-ons manager. Firefox has also long used in-content views for session restore, about:config, network error pages and phishing/malware warning pages. Horlander says that "future possibilities for integration are things like preferences, the library, home tab, tabcandy and about:firefox."

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