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

Alex Limi limi at mozilla.com
Fri Jun 14 21:18:18 UTC 2013


Yes, this is the intent. It just has to be done in phases. :)


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On Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 2:04 PM, Florian Bender <
florian.bender at quantumedia.de> wrote:

> 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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