The new find bar shifting down content

Asa Dotzler asa at
Fri Aug 23 18:06:38 UTC 2013

On 8/23/2013 10:09 AM, Madhava Enros wrote:
> 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.
> Madhava

+1.  Product and UX are aligned here.

What needs to happen to make "not shifting any content" the requirement 
for this change and what kind of additional effort is required to 
actually effect that UX?  If it's extremely difficult, I think we should 
push the feature down the road -- there are simply too many other higher 
priorities. If we're close though, I too would like to see this finished 
as a nice incremental win that would fit in well with the larger UI 
re-org of Australis.

- A

> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *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
> content?
> - A
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