Closed Bug 258884 Opened 20 years ago Closed 20 years ago

Bring back chrome bar below tabs


(Firefox :: Tabbed Browser, defect)

Not set





(Reporter: sgarrity, Assigned: kevin)


(Keywords: fixed-aviary1.0)


(1 file, 1 obsolete file)

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With the landing of the (great) Winstripe theme, there was a change to the
bottom of tabs in Firefox. Before Winstripe, there was a divider between the
bottom of the tabs and the start of the web page. Now, there is no divider.

While this looks ok initially with a web-site with a white-background, I think
we should bring back the divider.

Pinstripe on Mac OS X handles this nicely with a divider below the tabs and
above the page content area (screenshot:

With Winstripe on Windows and Gnome now, the page runs right into the bottom of
the tabs:
Current windows screenshot:
Current Gnome screenshot:

Here's how it looked before Winstripe landed (Qute):

I think it should have a divider for the following reasons:
- The edge looks rough agains non-white backgrounds
 When scrolling, there's not solid edge for the page to slide behind. This is
especially apparant when text on a white background is sliding under the tabs -
you can get half of a line of text showing and it looks oddly cut-off.
- The web page portion of the browser should be squarely framed - any opening in
that breaks up the page and can conflict with page contents.
fixed on branch
Closed: 20 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Only branch fix? If yes, then this should be reopened and the keyword
fixed-aviary1.0 should be added.
quite right. my bad
Keywords: fixed-aviary1.0
Resolution: FIXED → ---
Kevin, this was just and only for Windoze , right ?
(bug OS = Linux)
As far as I know this affects Windows and Linux which both share the piece of
the Winstripe theme that I modified. I did test my patch on a variety of
platforms and it seemed to work fine in a GTK build.
(In reply to comment #5)
> As far as I know this affects Windows and Linux which both share the piece of
> the Winstripe theme that I modified. I did test my patch on a variety of
> platforms and it seemed to work fine in a GTK build.

Don't worry, it works fine on Win32 too.

vrfy'd fixed on the branch using 2004102009-0.9+ on linux fc2 (gnome).
For those who prefer the somewhat more polished way Qute did this, the necessary
additions to userChrome.css at the time of writing are:

#content .tabbrowser-strip {
  border-bottom: 1px solid ThreeDShadow;
  padding-bottom: 1px;
#content .tabbrowser-tabs {
  border-bottom: 0 !important;
  padding-left: 0 !important;
  background: none !important;
#content .tabs-left,
#content .tabs-right {
  border-bottom-width: 1px !important;
#content tab {
  margin-bottom: 0 !important;
Attached image Screenshot (obsolete) —
Was it this fix that added a grey line under the tabs? In other parts of the
system, tabs dont have any underline.

Is it supposed to look like that?
Yes it's supposed to look like that. I know other tabs don't have the same look,
but the other tabs don't border browser content either.
Ah ok, personally this always bugged me with the classic theme on mozilla suite
and really enjoyed the way Firefox looked.

Now when i had a look at the MAC screenshot i see it looks better there. If we
have this line, can't we add an extra pixel to match the MAC theme? The line
makes more sence with that extra pixel. Its clearer. 
It's a bit difficult to make the Winstripe browser tabs look as good as
Pinstripe, because with Pinstripe I use my own design which I have control over
for the most part. For Winstripe, you have the bar at the bottom and native
OS-drawn tabs on top. It's tough to get the bar to blend with the tabs when you
can't count on knowing what the tabs will look like. I think I've achieved a
compromise that looks good on Luna and is acceptable on Classic and Linux. 

Of course there's always room for improvement. If anyone would like to submit
ideas, I'm willing to consider them :)
Attached image Screenshot
What about adding an extra pixel to make it even more clearer? Like the mac os
x version.
Attachment #162978 - Attachment is obsolete: true
I just downloaded Firefox 1.0 and I prefer previous tab design, without bottom
border, because I find it "lighter". I think the design with a border below the
tabs is confusing. What do you think?
Why was this REOPENED? The chrome bar is back, so this is fixed.

Requests for the chrome bar to be removed should be another bug (and then marked
as WONTFIX)  ;-)
Indeed, this is a passed discussion
Closed: 20 years ago20 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
It was reopened because the fix for this initially landed on the Branch, not on
the trunk. I believe the fix for this came over to the trunk in Ben's Big Merge.
The fixed-aviary1.0 bugs should be tested on the trunk before they are closed.
I see the same tab layout in Aviary/trunk so I assumed it was reopened by the
guy from comment #14 .
I can confirm that this is fixed in the 19-Dec-2004 nightly for linux which I
presume means it has been landed on the branch - so I think this can stay FIXED.
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