Closed Bug 1327530 Opened 6 years ago Closed 2 years ago

Browser discriminates about:newtab - when I drop url/bookmark "about:newtab" in urlbar, nothing happens


(Firefox :: Address Bar, defect, P5)






(Reporter: arni2033, Unassigned)


>>>   My Info:   Win7_64, Nightly 49, 32bit, ID 20160526082509
1. Open url in a new tab:   data:text/html,about:newtab
2. Select all text on page, drag and drop it to urlbar
 (bonus - there's already bug, but you can continue)
3. Add bookmark with url "about:newtab", move it in bookmarks toolbar, enable bookmarks toolbar
4. Drag bookmark created in Step 3 to urlbar

AR:  Url I dropped into urlbar appears in urlbar. That's all.
ER:  At least some logic. I.e. Either X or Y or Z
 X) about:newtab should load in current tab
 Y) All "about:" urls shouldn't load in current tab when I perform STR_1 (e.g. with "about:home")
 Z) All urls shouldn't load in current tab when I perform STR_1 (e.g. with "")

1) Given the fact that Firefox has no native way to unload tabs and no native way to kill content
   process of current tab, user has to use workarounds like STR_1 in order to save at least some RAM
2) Currently browser doesn't use logic at all: it's not clear why it discriminates url "about:newtab"
   so badly, while allowing other "about:" urls. Options (Y) and (Z) are way more reasonable.
   This is inconsistency in urlbar behavior, because the rest of browser works correctly:
   bookmarks sidebar creates bookmark when I drop url "about:newtab", tabs toolbar loads url in
   current tab when I drop url "about:newtab" on that tab. Only location bar is illogical.
No longer blocks: 1277113
Component: Untriaged → Location Bar
Priority: -- → P5

Hi, I think that this bug has been fixed. If I'm mistaken, please reopen it.
Regards, Flor.

Closed: 2 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
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