Safari tabs: an interesting side-effect

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
May 3rd, 2003 • 12:18 am

An interesting side-effect of the visual presentation of tabs in Safari is that I often find myself clicking down on a tab’s close button and dragging it to the desktop as if to create a URL webloc file for that particular tab.

It is obviously a problem because I might accidentally close the tab, which is not what I intended.

The confusion probably comes from the fact that both this close button and the generic terrestrial globe icon that appears next to the URL in the address bar are round.

It also means that, somehow, my mind is not getting used to the “reverse hierarchy” of HAVING the URL for a tab above the tab itself, instead of below. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is an easy solution to this problem.

As noted in a previous item, Apple have avoided the issue by creating a continuous brushed-metal look for the title bar, address bar, bookmarks bar and tabs — but it doesn’t really help avoid the issue of HAVING things upside down when it comes to tabs and their respective URLs.

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