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  • by da (1525) on 2005.01.14 15:48 (#37499) Homepage Journal
    The point is flexibility and structure. The flexibility to have multiple browser windows if you like, or one window. As Ovid says, it's like having the option to group files in directories. You don't always need to use 'em, but it can help with structure if you're thinking heirarchically. OTOH, if somebody doesn't want to think hierarchically, tabs may be pointless.

    Similarly, I've talked with Windows users who have seen no point to having multiple desktops. I use my desktops as visual folders to further dump windows into hierarchies, and therefore deal with programs like Gimp that insists on opening scads of windows at once.

    The aspect of tabbed browser windows I've been lovin' the most, lately, is how firefox will let you turn a bookmark folder into a set of tabs, and vice-versa, turning tabs into a folder of bookmarks. So everything related to a task can be brought up or dismissed at leisure. :)

    -DA []

    • Hrm; re-reading your entry, for your engineer friend, I suppose it might be the difference between how many tasks he want to be working on at the same time. I keep tons of windows and tabs open, in order to remind me what I'm working on.

      -DA []

    • I actually rarely have more than one browser window open, but I still feel tabs are indispensible. I think I'm not doing anything that couldn't be done with windows instead of tabs, but it still seems infinitely more valuable. I'm trying to figure out why I have that perception so I can express it and share it.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • heh. I only open multiple browser windows if I want them to be on different X workspaces. such as 'generic work' vs. 'personal' vs. '5 applications for one project'

        -DA []