Move statusbar under the sidebar



18 years ago
14 years ago


(Reporter: Blake Ross, Assigned: Ben Goodger (use ben at mozilla dot org for email))


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18 years ago
I realize there's been discussion that the statusbar can't be moved under the 
sidebar because then users will think the lock icon applies to the sidebar 
panel you have open also.  I'm not sure I buy this argument, and don't know how 
many users will make this connection.  Furthermore, IE has apparently not had 
this problem, or any complaints, since they've kept it the way it is. 

I believe that the statusbar of a program should always be melded to the bottom 
of an app, not pushed aside by a pane in the window.

There's really two sides to that lock icon argument.  Things you do in a 
sidebar panel now are reflected in the statusbar, but the statusbar is below 
the currently loaded website, not the sidebar.  Thus, following that lock icon 
argument, users should be confused now as to what the progress meter and text 
in the statusbar applies to when you're doing stuff in the sidebar.  But 
they're not...

Anyways, I'd like this to promote some good discussion, not a quick WONTFIX 
from the security team.

Comment 1

18 years ago
How about a quick WONTFIX from the UI team?  ;-) No, I'll leave it open for 
the time being, but I'll also say that there's more connecting the status bar 
to the content pane than just the lock icon.  The status bar is almost 
entirely connected to the status of the content itself, whether it's loading a 
page, clicking a link, waiting for a reply, whatever.  Even things like 
displaying the address of links contained within the sidebar are more 
relevant to the content pane than the sidebar since clicking that link will 
change the content pane, but not the sidebar.

Can you list any activity that is reflected in the sidebar that is specific to the 
sidebar and NOT to the content pane?  If not, I'd say that the status bar is 
well-placed conceptually and won't eat up a part of the already 
vertically-dense sidebar.

Comment 2

18 years ago
No, I agree with Blake. The status bar should go under both the sidebar and the 
content. There are several reasons.

* The sidebar will often be hidden. If the status bar is not extended under the
  sidebar, then stuff that is (now or in the future) on the left of the status
  bar (document validity icon as in bug 6211, progress indicator, progress text,
  link URIs, etc) is in an inconsistent position between when the sidebar is
  hidden and when it is shown.

* When bug 43797 is fixed, the status bar will (usually) be hosting the component
  bar at its right end. For showing URIs of links, the status bar needs all the
  room it can get, so reclaiming the area used by the status bar would be good.

* If the status bar is put under the sidebar, then the progress bar could be used
  to indicate loading of sidebar panels, rather than the current cycling arrows.
  This would make sidebar panels and main content more consistent in their
  loading behavior.

* In bug 42136, Brendan suggested that tooltips should be used to show the URIs
  of bookmarks in the bookmarks sidebar panel, largely because `the status bar in
  this case isn't necessarily associated with the sidebar content'. The same
  logic would dictate that tooltips, rather than status bar text, be used to
  indicate the URIs of links in other sidebar panels too.

  But bug 1995 specifies that tooltips are to be used for TITLE attributes of
  elements (bug 27828) in Web pages (which sidebar panels often are), and that
  the status bar is to be used for other HTML metadata.

  If the status bar is not put under the sidebar, bug 42136 will be `fixed' as
  described, which will (a) be inconsistent with main content, (b) be confusing
  for those users who do not look at the status bar (and who are wondering what
  that gibberish in the tooltip is), and (c) mean that metadata which would
  normally be shown in tooltips for links would not be shown (since the tooltip
  would be used for the URI instead).

  It would be much simpler just to do the same thing with links in the sidebar as
  is done with links in the main content -- that is, use the status bar. Which
  means that the status bar should really go under the sidebar.

Comment 3

18 years ago
`reclaiming the area used by the status bar' -->
`reclaiming the area used by the sidebar'.
Sorry for the confusion.


18 years ago

Comment 4

18 years ago
Brendan: are you actually going to fix this, or just accepting it to cure the 
bugzilla nagging?  If you aren't, I'd prefer to send this to an engineer who 

Comment 5

18 years ago
I am accepting it so I can confer with the other UI designers and consider 
whether it *should* be changed.

Comment 6

18 years ago
I've talked this over with other UI designers and we concluded that the 
status bar should not move in the Netscape product.  Outside of the 
inherent security issues, it simply doesn't fit within our design goals.

However, that shouldn't preclude Mozilla from making the change, 
particularly if the task bar is altered or removed, just so long as the 
Netscape build isn't broken in the process.  Reassigning to Ben.
Assignee: bdonohoe → ben

Comment 7

18 years ago
Chaning the qa contact on these bugs to me. MPT will be moving to the 
owner of this component shortly. I would like to thank him for all his hard 
work as he moves roles in, Yada, Yada...
QA Contact: mpt → zach

Comment 8

17 years ago
If the statusbar is extended under the sidebar then the four icons in the
taskbar must be moved into the statusbar (left edge), because the taskbar is
likely to be abolished in mozilla and the icons are one of those "killer
features" that at least I use all the time (one click access and always visible
as oppsed to two clicks using menu and not visible).

Comment 9

17 years ago
Looking at the plans for abolishing the taskbar (bug 43797) it does seem like
the icons are gonna be on the statusbar and the bar extend under the sidebar window:

So fixing that bug should automatucally fix this one
Keywords: mozilla0.9.1

Comment 10

17 years ago
This is now fixed with the merging of the taskbar and the statusbar
Last Resolved: 17 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
I filed Bug 80222 before I found Bug 44731. Bug 80222 is basically asking to do 
the opposite of this what this Bug 44731 is for. If you think that the status 
bar should go underneath the sidebar, then perhaps the status bar is not the 
place for the security lock? In particular, won't you want to know the security 
settings of the sidebar eventually? So it will need its own security icon 
(perhaps on the tab next to its name?).


17 years ago
Blocks: 80222


16 years ago
Component: User Interface Design → Browser-General
Product: Browser → Seamonkey
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