Marking new tabs with a simple "(Untitled)" text string is somewhat hard to visually distinguish from an actual title. It would be nice to have a different style for these tabs. Italics or spacing the letters out (half-space?) might create the right effect. Whatever it is, it needs to be distinguishable from <title>(Untitled)</title>, <title>Untitled</title>, <title>U n t i t l e d</title>, or other "styling" with just text.
I disagree, I think that instead of displaying (Untitled), the url should be displayed (http://blah.blah.com/whatever/). It's much more useful when you have multiple untitled tabs open.
I don't particularly like "Untitled", but I have no reason to believe it's going away soon. Until there is a better alternative to "Untitled", this is an independent and live issue. If you have such an idea, please file a bug to implement it! :)
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Why not just replace "(Untitled)" with "?" A question mark is only a single character and will remain visible much longer than would other titles when you open a lot of tabs. It stands out from other titled sites much better.
"?" looks bad and may confuse user - is it tab with any question? with any dialog?
Okay, try "n/a". What I'm getting at here is that no matter what text is used, if it's longer than only a few characters it won't be "easily" distinguishable from other tab titles. The only wording that WILL make it stand out is if we only use a very few characters. I think that italics, spacing, and (God forbid) text colour are all the wrong approach. The actual "font" should be the same. We're not talking about a tab that has something intrinsically different about it (as we are in Windows when a task button flashes for attention - or, conceivably, if a tab were trying to get our attention with an error/warning message) but rather just a title like all of the rest. If you REALLY wanted to be technically accurate about it - don't give the tab any title text at all. Just leave it totally blank. The fact that there is no text shown should quite self-evidently point to the fact that it's not titled...
"n/a" - tab (or content of tab) is not available? IMHO it's more confusing than text"?". '(Untitled)' is the best textual solution, because document is really untitled. I agree with Jason, that changing font style, color or letter spacing is wrong, changing color or style of tab is same bad way. Because I disagree with totally blank tab, I'm nominating this bug for WONTFIX.
Another alternative: "Tab x". It's shorter (so it stays readable in a sea of increasing tabs longer) and it actually does give a description that has SOME kind of bearing on what's being seen. Currently, there's absolutely no distinguishing one "(Untitled)" from another "(Untitled)". If we name it via its tab number, at least we're relaying something somewhat useful to the user.
Since bug 144431 has been fixed, no Web site will any longer display "(Untitled)". The only time we will *now* see "(Untitled)" is when a new, blank tab is opened. However, since there actually *IS* no content being displayed on such a page (at least not until bug 109551 is addressed), "(Untitled)" is misleading. It's not the case that there's something there and it simply has not been named - there's nothing there at all. So, I think that either something like comment 8 should be adopted for such cases, or we should change rename "(Untitled)" to "(New)", "(Blank)", or "(Empty)". Personally, I like "(New)" best since it's the shortest and it accurately describes what you've just done - open a new tab.
I agree that "(Untitled)" now seems out-of-place, however, "(New)" has the same problem I suggested in the initial report, using text to style text. This is great in text only environments, but we have access to a variety of text emphasis techniques, and I'd like to see an appropriate one used here. I am not really opposed to "New" except that it has no style altogether, which is a step in the wrong direction, IMHO. The "Tab X" notation seems simple and appropriate, but we still need to make it stand out.
Why do we need to do this at all?
Because "(Untitled)" is both misleading and shoddy looking.
How about putting website icons and text on tabs that have sites loaded? How about putting neither icons nor text on new tabs? How about using a thicker border line around tabs so they are easier to distinguish from each other?