The venerable dialog box, long a staple of software design, faces extinction or at least endangered-species status in Firefox.
Mozilla designer Stephen Horlander has published Firefox interface mock-ups that illustrate how the browser could look with some options set through a preferences tab rather than through a preferences dialog box.
The designs are experimental, but some of the work is proceeding already. For example, Firefox's new interface for managing add-ons uses this "in-content" interface, and Firefox's about:config controls have appeared in a browser tab for years.
Moving away from dialog boxes is by no means … Read more