Why do people continually recreate the Smalltalk editor style of itty bitty little non-searchable panes at the top of the editor window, where they have the least possible vertical space?
Because they’re directly inspired by smalltalk and smalltalk predates the availability of big cheap screens on which to put all that stuff? :)
More to the point, the Alto display was portrait, so horizontal space was scarcer than vertical.
I used ST80 on a Dolphin (basically a Xerox Star) which had a landscape 19”display. I don’t remember the panes being annoying, though. The lists were usually short except the big class list.
But…. it’s not a good design anymore. :(
I don’t know why people still do it. At the time it was not typical to move around a lot in a single browser window. Searching was done outside the browser to find the thing you want to open a browser on. Then you’d work in the browser on that thing. Often you’d have multiple browser open at a time and switch between them.
When I was going through my Forth phase (as if it ever ended) I was really interested in trying Holonforth, but I could never find a download link.