Seeing a lot more feedback about megabar post 75 release, and this enhancement just struck me.
Steps to reproduce:
- Open Firefox
- Type anything
Since there is no reason for expansion (no top sites or suggestions), I expect that the padding should not be around the megabar, and instead, it ought to look like the old addressbar focus (just a stroke around the bar).
The megabar padding is present and looks out of place. The styling of megabar looks great in the expanded state, but looks bulky and out of place when not expanded.
Note: I am not a megabar hater. I generally like it and I think it makes Firefox look more modern and the old full-width addressbar didn't really have that much more going for it.
However, there is one thing that has been nagging me for a while, and I just realized what it is: the megabar always expands even when there is no reason for it to be expanded. Focus isn't enough (imo) to explain why it ought to be expanded, because if that were the case, the separate search box should also be expanded as soon as it gets focus - the fact that it doesn't implies to me that it simply isn't that interesting for it to have to be consistent.
I hope this suggestion wasn't already WONTFIXed - it would go a long way to making the megabar look great in all states, not just the expanded one.
FWIW, this is exactly how Chromium works. No shadows (for example) until suggestions appear. Just a simple focus otherwise.