Open Bug 1509350 Opened 11 months ago Updated Last month

Provide tab groups (panorama)

Categories

(Firefox :: Tabbed Browser, enhancement, P5)

64 Branch
enhancement

Tracking

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UNCONFIRMED

People

(Reporter: camden.narzt, Unassigned)

References

(Blocks 1 open bug)

Details

(Keywords: blocked-ux, parity-chrome)

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.14; rv:64.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/64.0

Steps to reproduce:

This is now going to be a parity issue with Chrome (https://www.chromestory.com/2018/11/how-to-enable-tab-groups-in-chrome/).

Note that all of the extensions that have attempted to recreate this functionality in a post 57 Firefox are completely broken and unusable, so clearly this isn't something that can be foisted on extension authors with the APIs you've provided.


Actual results:

Chrome decided to add tab groups, meaning it will be significantly more usable than firefox after that lands.


Expected results:

Firefox should remain the best browser.
Severity: normal → enhancement
Component: Untriaged → Tabbed Browser
Keywords: parity-chrome
OS: Unspecified → All
Hardware: Unspecified → All
Summary: Bring back panorama → Provide tab groups (panorama)

Follow up, as of May 19, 2019 FF 68.0b2 has no functioning tab groups extension. The least broken one: simple tab groups, has no way to add tabs to a container when a group is associated with a container. The tab mangement ui is a tab itself which is left open when you switch away from it, it requires about:config changes to make its dark mode work (which break the rust docs website amongst others) and is in general extremely unpleasant to use. All of that on top of having to trust a third party to not sell the extension and its see-everything you do on the internet and manipulate everything you see privileges. Honestly folks, this is something that needs to be baked in and not farmed out to the public for reasons of quality and privacy.

Keywords: blocked-ux
See Also: → 1410548
See Also: → ContextualIdentity
See Also: → 1514611
Priority: -- → P5
See Also: → 1232178, 1357214
See Also: → mult_sessions1
Blocks: 1571368

(In reply to Cam from comment #1)

Follow up, as of May 19, 2019 FF 68.0b2 has no functioning tab groups extension.

I'll just leave it here: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/panorama-tab-groups/

(In reply to Kuba Niewiarowski from comment #4)

(In reply to Cam from comment #1)

Follow up, as of May 19, 2019 FF 68.0b2 has no functioning tab groups extension.

I'll just leave it here: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/panorama-tab-groups/

It doesn't work. Neither does Simple Tab Groups or any of the others. I've tried them all.

Exactly. It all boils down to what you would define as "functional".

There are many add-ons which hide tabs and group them but as far as i know all of them rely on "hacks".
"Hacks" as in abusing the API functions to try to achieve feature parity.

Performance issues, lost or corrupted tabs and even sessions are pretty common with these add-ons.
So common in fact that the authors are forced build in back-up mechanisms for
the problems which are bound to arise sooner or later.

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