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direct link to vertical tabs gif

Today we announced vertical tabs, a feature that helps you easily find and manage many open tabs at once. Microsoft Edge is the only browser that allows you to manage your tabs on the side with a single click. Vertical tabs is expected in the Insider channels in the next few months.

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    I’m using this Firefox Add-on to achieve the same https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/tree-style-tab/ :-)

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      Saying that Firefox can achieve the same is like going to a scrap yard, pointing at a pile of bunched-up metal and wires, and arguing that – technically – there is a whole BMW in there.

      It’s not even remotely the same:

      Vertical tabs in Edge are shipped with the browser, are supported by the company building the browser and are designed & tested to work just as good as horizontal tabs with every other component of the browser.

      Firefox has nothing of that.

      Since Firefox killed the old extensions, all vertical tab extensions are forced to be complete and utter trash, because they have almost no control over the UI anymore – and having some control over the UI is literally what vertical tabs are all about.

      Heck, it’s not even possible to hide the horizontal tabs or the vertical tabs header without hacking userChrome.css, and I don’t even want to know when Mozilla will lock this down.

      (Let’s not even talk about the performance of TST … when your tab extension needs its own loading bar you know things are bad.)

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        Also note that prefixing your URL bar text with a % searches tabs. By combining this feature with Tridactyl or by using a browser like qutebrowser, you could just get rid of the tab bar entirely in favor of searching if that suits you.

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        I did this in Opera Presto over ten years ago; how cute to see other browsers are catching up.

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          For a moment I thought this was about the \v character, and I felt suddenly very happy. I always preferred the \f for new pages, though.

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            Let me offer this “fun” fact: Internet Explorer before IE9 had no vertical tab support in JavaScript. \v would be interpreted as the lowercase letter v. This was used as a popular browser detection mechanism in the early 2010s.

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              When writing exploit signatures, you’d be amazed at what IE considers whitespace.

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              It’s a good character!

              Back in the day, MySpace would try and sanitize HTML comments in a kind of absurd way: they didn’t want to break Flash movies, just add a noscript attribute to their tags so they couldn’t run JS in the browser’s context (and be a huge XSS vector). However, if you separated the attributes in the HTML tags with \v, they couldn’t figure out where to add the noscript attribute, and you could make a SWF that gave you Samy-level access to everyone viewing your friend’s MySpace.

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              Talk about a buried lede… one of the other things the blog post touts is “Take back control with tracking prevention”. They’re not preventing it. They should change it to “third party tracking prevention” because they’re doing it more of it themselves than comparable browers.. Honestly, Vivaldi has better tab management features (including vertical tabs), less first party telemetry and broadly comparable third party telemetry blocking. I’d probably turn there for a chromium-based browser with good tab/session management first.