The new find bar shifting down content

Madhava Enros madhava at
Fri Aug 23 17:09:36 UTC 2013

Hi all - 

I'm confused -- why are we still talking about content shifting? Aren't we agreed the the proposal/implementation currently on the table should not shift content down -- that it should overlay instead? This is what I see in UX Nightly, at least most of the time -- are we not currently on the road to that being what happens all the time? 

To me, with that caveat, I think this is worth shipping for the reasons I outlined before as well as the one Asa mentions (cross-browser consistency -- we know that most people use multiple browsers for different tasks). It doesn't contain everything we want to do, but it's a worthwhile increment in that direction. 


----- Original Message -----

From: "Asa Dotzler" <asa at> 
To: firefox-dev at 
Sent: Friday, August 23, 2013 12:48:50 PM 
Subject: Re: The new find bar shifting down content 

I'm excited to see the Find bar enhancements coming along -- especially 
the word counting and highlighting previews I've seen. However, I'm not 
sure that moving the Find bar to the top is worth as much time and 
attention as this feature is taking. 

I'm not sure what's driving the move of the Find bar to the top of the 
page other than it being one of the many Find in page paper cuts. I'm 
not saying it's a bad idea, but it's not a priority feature, IMO -- 
certainly not enough of a priority to ship in an incomplete state 
risking user attrition. 

IMO, the most valuable reason to move the bar is consistency with all of 
the other modern browsers. While I think we could make a solid case 
that a bar at the top is a better experience, content shifting is not an 
acceptable trade-off. 

Can we move our focus to the other potential wins like better 
highlighting and word counting and put together a new plan for moving 
the Find bar to the top that has as it's first requirement to not shift 

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