Closed Bug 1705387 Opened 8 months ago Closed 8 months ago

Rename "open a new tab" context menu to just "New Tab"

Categories

(Firefox :: Menus, enhancement, P1)

Desktop
All
enhancement

Tracking

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VERIFIED FIXED
89 Branch
Tracking Status
firefox89 --- verified

People

(Reporter: Gijs, Assigned: Gijs)

References

(Blocks 1 open bug)

Details

(Whiteboard: [proton-context-menus])

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(1 file)

This is a late-breaking request to simplify the context menu text further.

Severity: -- → N/A
Type: defect → enhancement
Priority: -- → P1
Whiteboard: [proton-context-menus]
Pushed by gijskruitbosch@gmail.com:
https://hg.mozilla.org/integration/autoland/rev/9527c2ab9c42
simplify tab context menu 'new tab' label, r=fluent-reviewers,flod
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Closed: 8 months ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Target Milestone: --- → 89 Branch

You should revert this change.

  • It is unclear to the users what will happen when you select "New Tab".
  • The labels of other menu items are basically "do something + tab" like "Reload Tab" "Close Tab" and so on, but the label "New Tab" is not consistent with them.

It is unclear to the users what will happen when you select "New Tab".

How exactly is "New Tab" unclear? It couldn't be more clear. 🤔 And it's consistent with Firefox for Android and other browsers like Chrome.

Google Chrome (Canary) shows "New tab to the right" which tells more clearly what that menu item will do.

In the tab strip, there is already has a button to create a new tab.

Why adding the same functionality to the context menu?
Do you offer another solution? That's OK.

However, the tooltip for the new tab button is "Open a new tab".
It provides the same functionality, but your method is too absurd.
In this case, the context menu should be the same.

(In reply to Kazumasa Hasegawa (Kazz) from comment #7)

Why adding the same functionality to the context menu?

Because users expect it there, as other browsers have it. We've had repeated requests, e.g. bug 1382929 and its dupes, etc.

The functionality is also not entirely identical to left-clicking the new tab button - the new tab will use the same container as a tab you click on, and open immediately to the right of that tab. The new tab button just opens tabs at the end. You can middle click it to get the same behaviour as the context menu, but that's less discoverable. The context menu's behaviour is similar to the behaviour of the same menuitem in other browsers (ie opens immediately to the right of where you click).\

(In reply to Kazumasa Hasegawa (Kazz) from comment #4)

  • The labels of other menu items are basically "do something + tab" like "Reload Tab" "Close Tab" and so on, but the label "New Tab" is not consistent with them.

But it's not really much like those other items - they act directly on the tab on which you click, and this one doesn't. Even if we switched to a verb ("Open Tab"), that would itself be somewhat confusing, because "Close Tab" closes the tab you click on, and the tab is already open, so having an item to "open" it would be confusing. So having the same formula everywhere but having it do something that is really pretty different from the other items would also not be great. This is also why there's a separator immediately after it.

Understood.
Thank you for the detailed explanation.

Verified that Open a new tab is now changed to New tab across platforms (Windows 10, macOS 11.3 and Ubuntu 18.04) using latest Nightly.

Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
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