Why can’t Safari get tabs right?
June 9, 2009
I thought Safari 4 beta was headed in the right direction with it’s tab location. The Safari design team had moved the tabs to the the top of the window and thus made them up-right like this:
Now I realize there was a bit of a usability problem, as the tabs were now doubling as the mechanism to move the window, but I liked the direction the UI was moving in. I greatly disliked the upside down tabs of Safari 3, because they make no visual sense — the tabs are completely disconnected from the content they are tabbing.
As you can imagine, I was dismayed when I installed the final version of Safari 4 only to see the tabs revert to their version 3 visuals:
I’m not sure why the Safari visual design team chose this broken tab metaphor to begin with as it’s never made any sense, and it’s clear that they realize this. So why keep around this broken metaphor and make us suffer for another full version?