I recently looked at Firefox, Chrome and Safari Tabs, as I was curious how different browsers handle tabs. Here are some of the points which i noticed.
POSITION – TABS ON TOP OR BOTTOM OF ADDRESS BAR
Firefox 4 and Chrome 10 have tabs on top of address bar and safari has tabs on bottom of address bar.
CLOSE BUTTON (x)
Firefox shows close button ( x ) on right end of a tab. If more than 7-8 tabs (exact number varies with screen size) are open, Firefox will show close button on active tab only.
Firefox also shows close button ( x ) on right end of a tab. Chrome will hide close button when more than 15-20 tabs (Exact number varies with screen size) are open.
Safari shows close button on left end of tab only when user moves mouse over a particular tab.
Firefox shows Favicons for website and “A Blank Document Icon” as favicon for newly open tabs and for websites which doesn’t have a favicon.
Chrome shows favicons for websites, which has favicons and just display title for other websites.
Safari doesn’t show favicons on tabs.
SIZE OF TABS
In Firefox, tab width decreases till a constants size after which tabs starts shifting and user can use arrow marks to browse through Tabs.
In Chrome, When user opens many tabs, tabs width decreases. Whenever user opens a new tab, with of all the tabs decrease.
Safari shows similar behavior as Firefox. In case of safari if user open lots of tabs he can look at all the tab by clicking on arrow icon on right end of tabs.