I am using Modern skin, Suite 1.8alpha4 1. Make the tab bar appear (CTRL+T) 2. Click on the selected tab again. Result: An ugly box appears around the tab. It does nothing useful, I cannot copy the contents so it's useless to me and I get annoyed if it happens since I feel something is wrong. I suspect that this is a dupe or is a result of "fixing" some bug. Thus it starts out unconfirmed.
The focus is useful. Once you have focus in a tab, left/right arrow switches tabs. This is intentional. For one thing it allows screen reader users to traverse tabs, hearing the name of each tab as they move. It's also how tabs work in other apps. Do you mind posting a screenshot of the ugliness?
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
Summary: Browser tabs are selectable with click, thus get ugly → Browser tab focus appearance is ugly
Created attachment 160657 [details] Picture of tab focus on Modern Ok, I understand the accessibility issues of tab focusing. It might be impossible for one to press CTRL+PgUp simultaneously without effort. Yet I feel that the visual feedback of selection should be made less intrusive and misleading. Box shows selected area as in tables (try to click in a table cell while holding CTRL to see what I mean) and focus on tabs. Bad. The standard practice, I think, would be a dotted line around the text to show the focus. What I feel with the current setup, is that I have just unintentionally selected a tab and it won't go away when I click outside the tabbed area. I would probably never have found the right-left arrow trick on my own. Yet I tried to find its function by trying to copy, then paste the title text into some textarea, unsuccessfully. Also, clicking the area on tab-bar that is not used by tabs should take the focus away from tab, I think. Separate bug probably.
Another important use of focusing tabs is to be able to close XUL documents in the content area (eg webapps) with a keyboard shortcuts. Since the XUL document itself is not focusable, the only way to do that is to focus the tab and then hit ctrl-w.
One can agree that tabs should be focused, but it doesn't really make sense to focus it when the user click on them. The focus should only be shown when the user tabbed into it. Normal Windows applications that have tabs in dialogs act like this. For example, Internet Explorer Options dialog and all tabs within the normal UI of Windows, like Display Properties and others.
Kai: At least on Windows XP, tabs DO act like those in Firefox. For example, open IE's Tools->Options and click the current tab. It gets a dotted focus rectangle.
WFM in the Modern Theme Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:2.0b8pre) Gecko/20101102 SeaMonkey/2.1b2pre
Assignee: tabbed-browser → nobody
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 8 years ago
Component: Tabbed Browser → Themes
QA Contact: themes
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
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