Merge configuration pages (i. e. Addons, Prefs)

Florian Bender florian.bender at
Fri Jun 14 21:04:37 UTC 2013

Hi everybody, 

when looking over some mockups in Bug 754344 [1], I was wondering 
whether it would make sense to actually merge the Addons page and 
the (proposed) Pref in-content UI. I imagine it to look sth like this: 

== Customizations ==
– search Addons
– Addons
– …
== Preferences ==
– General
– Tabs 
– …

(Whereas the headings are actually subtle in appearance, similar to how 
the headings of different sections in Finder's sidebar appear.) 

This would sort of unify the experience for users that wish to change how 
their browsers work (which in fact includes basic preferences): There is 
one huge control center where every aspect of the software can be 
controlled, whereas the prior (current) behavior has different meanings 
and places where the behavior can be controlled. IMHO a clear UX win. 

Of course, both menu items (preferences, add ons) have to be maintained, 
at least for the interim (while both point to the same site, they should point 
to different parts, i. e. categories of the site). 

The downside to this approach is that there's one _huge_ control center, 
i. e. users may be overwhelmed by the UI because there is so much going 
on resp. so many options to chose from. I don't know how to solve this or 
lessen the UI impact. 

Also, scrolling has to be sorted out first, as the current design does not 
play well with scroll bars. 

Another option could be to mimic the current (release) style with tabs, and 
having only one item in the side bar ("Preferences") which shows the tabs 
and prefs in the main view. However, this will introduce a new UI language 
(tabs within a view) that should be avoided, IMHO. 

What do you think? Does this make sense at all?

Best regards, 

Florian Bender

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