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Re: [vox-tech] a firefox question
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Re: [vox-tech] a firefox question

on Tue, Feb 08, 2005 at 08:07:55AM -0800, Jonathan Stickel (jjstickel@sbcglobal.net) wrote:
> Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> >On Thu 03 Feb 05, 12:10 PM, Matt Roper <matt@mattrope.com> said:
> >
> >>On Thu, Feb 03, 2005 at 10:01:50AM -0800, Jonathan Stickel wrote:
> >>
> >>>These have been some interesting discussions about FireFox.  One thing 
> >>>Pete originally complained about that hasn't been discussed is the 
> >>>opening of new windows when you would rather they would go to another 
> >>>tab.  This often frustrates me as well.  From what I can tell, this 
> >>>occurs when some java happy web designer wraps a link with javascript to 
> >>>open a new window.  Left-clicking on these links opens the content in a 
> >>>new window, as expected.  Middle-clicking on the link opens a blank tab 
> >>>with the javascript in the location bar.  Since java code is not a valid 
> >>>location, nothing opens.  I hope this gets fixed in future versions.
> >>
> >>I believe the Tab-Mix plugin
> >>(http://hemiolapei.free.fr/divers/tabmix/tabmix.html.en) will solve this
> >>problem.  It also adds several other useful options for configuring tab
> >>behavior.
> >
> > 
> >On my system, this extension noticeably slows down FF!  But on the page for
> >tab-mix, there's a reference to another extension called "single window"
> >which looks like it does what I want:
> >
> >http://www.extensionsmirror.nl/index.php?showtopic=290
> >
> >Pete
> >
> I ended up using "Tabbrowser Preferences"
> http://extensionroom.mozdev.org/more-info/tabprefs
> Actually, it was the first I tried, and I am happy with it so far.

Note that there are *THREE* separate tab extensions for Firefox.  I'm
with comments by Peter (?):  tabbed browsing is sufficiently deep and
coupled to the interface that it should be integrated, not bolted on.

The choices:

   - Tabbrowser Extension (TBE)
   - Tabbrowser Preferences (TBP).
   - Tab Mix.               (tabmix)

TBE is, by its own author's admission, unmaintainable spaghetti, and by
Firefox developers' reports, prone to rendering FFX highly unstable.  On
the pro side, TBE has the broadest feature set, and while many of these
are questionable, those who are used to the well-thought-out design of,
say, Galeon 1.2.x, can find a configuration which comes very close.

TBP is less featureful but far more stable.  It lacks a number of
preferences I'd like to see.  It's downright boneheaded in some of the
things it doesn't allow.

tabmix is supposed to be more stable, though I'm not sure of the
featureset.  It's mentioned on the TBE homepage as a preferred


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