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Thanks for giving my pixels back, browser makers
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 10:30
I'd personally like to offer browser makers my gratitude for realizing that my screen isn't big enough.

July 28, 2009 4:00 AM PDT
by Stephen Shankland

I'm one of those people who wants every bit of display real estate I can get. The more I can see of the document I'm writing, the in-box I'm scanning, and the photo I'm editing, the happier and more productive I am.

The maximize button is my friend. Toolbars are my enemies.

So I'm happy to report that browser makers are paying new attention to the issue. It's important to me for reading Web sites, but it's really important to me for the new generation of Web applications. A row of pixels saved once in the browser is returned again with each Web-based application.

Mozilla's ultimate goal is to make the user interface step into the background as much as possible--indeed, the mobile-phone version of Firefox now under development has no visible user interface until it's needed. "Every time a user has to think about how to do something, instead of what we want to do, we as software creators have failed," said Aza Raskin, Mozilla's leader of user interface work. [C/Net News...]   [Comments...]

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