In-content UI: Align the back and forward buttons with the get add-ons etc. icons in the Add-On manager




Add-ons Manager
8 years ago
8 years ago


(Reporter: JK, Unassigned)


({polish, uiwanted})

polish, uiwanted

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(3 attachments, 1 obsolete attachment)

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8 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:2.0b7) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0b7
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:2.0b8pre) Gecko/20101205 Firefox/4.0b8pre

At least in my opinion, it would look better if the back and forward buttons were aligned with the icons of "Get Add-ons", "Extensions", "Appearance" and "Plugins".

Reproducible: Always


8 years ago
See Also: → bug 571970
Version: unspecified → Trunk

Comment 1

8 years ago
Created attachment 495597 [details]

Red line: the current start point of the back and forward buttons.

Green line: the proposed start point of the back and forward buttons.

Comment 2

8 years ago
Created attachment 495606 [details]
Proposed location 1

Alignment with the icon.

Comment 3

8 years ago
Created attachment 495607 [details]
Proposed location 2

Alignment with the selection area of the "get addons etc." tabs.

Comment 4

8 years ago
Created attachment 495615 [details]
Proposed locations

Red line: the current start point of the back and forward buttons.

Green lines: the proposed start points of the back and forward buttons.
Attachment #495597 - Attachment is obsolete: true
Should this block bug 571970 - Main browser chrome should be hidden when viewing in-content UI?
Keywords: polish, uiwanted
The space above these buttons should be remove. Effectively they should be at the same height as the navigation toolbar with tabs on top.
Blocks: 571970
Component: General → Add-ons Manager
OS: Windows 7 → All
Product: Firefox → Toolkit
QA Contact: general → add-ons.manager
Hardware: x86 → All
Jennifer can you please have a look at?
Ever confirmed: true
Thanks so much for your careful thought on this, JK.

If the add-ons manager were its own application, or ran independently of the browser, then I'd say that you have identified an important problem.  In such a case I'd recommend Proposed location 2, as the visual theme of the curved box is repeated in the selection category.

However, there's an even more important consideration to factor in.  The back and forward buttons especially, but also search, are meant to mirror the main widgets of Firefox's UI.  They are shaped similarly and have very similar functionality.  

So, for the placement of add-ons manager widgets, what we really want to do is align them with the main Firefox widgets (bug 630682).  While this may not be the most natural position in the manager alone, it prevents user's widgets from jumping around as they move between tabs.  This is far worse, as it interrupts the user's flow by forcing them to realign their cursor with the button.

I'm going to go ahead and mark this as WONTFIX, but thanks so much for the bug, JK.  Your suggestions are fantastic taken independently.  :)
Last Resolved: 8 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
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