I’ve never really posted in a forum format like this, but I wanted to create a post to discuss the new UI that has popped up in Developer Edition 89.01b and 89.02b.
Overall, I think the new changes are nice. The new dark theme is much easier to look at and the thicker elements appear to be more in line with what systems are doing these days, particularly in the realm of macOS or something like Gnome desktop on Linux.
I’d personally prefer to see the tab bar lose the margin above and below the tabs, it doesn’t really serve any real purpose and is visually distracting, having the tabs flush against the top/bottom of the window seems appropriate to me. This is how it used to be, and there was a toggle for drag space above the tab for those who wanted it. Below is an example I’ve quickly cobbled together using the in-browser developer tools.
I always wish for this, but it never happens, but the ability to turn off close buttons on tabs is something I’d love to see. I don’t use them (I just middle click to close/open tabs) and often accidentally click them, closing tabs I didn’t intend to close. I always remove them by just adding
display: none to the chrome, but regardless.
Disappointingly on macOS (on Intel devices) the system UI (context menus, the titlebar if toggled on, some buttons and other default page elements) still use the light theme regardless of the system’s preference. I don’t believe this is an issue on any other OS I use regularly, so it’d be great to see this fixed in Firefox for Intel Mac’s also. I commonly come across this gripe as someone who uses pop-out dev tools a lot (which uses the default system titlebar) and uses context menus to go backwards/forwards…
…speaking of. The context menu has removed the old buttons to go backwards, forwards or refresh the page. I haven’t done too much digging in settings or in the browser flags, but having this as an option would be appreciated. As ridiculous as it sounds, they were a feature of Firefox I raved about a lot, because it made quickly going back and forth between pages essentially a muscle memory action that is much quicker than using the buttons in the address bar.
What does everyone else think? What could be done to improve or what would make a nice option for the new UI?