Firefox users who are currently running version 3 of the browser will notice lots of changes once they upgrade their version of the Internet browser to version 4.
As always, some changes are welcome by almost everyone while others cause controversy, or in this case a petition to not go ahead with the change.
A petition to keep the old Firefox status bar, or at least its functionality has been posted at the user voice website.
Regular readers may recall that the Mozilla development team responsible for the Firefox browser has made drastic changes in that area. The team removed the status bar from the web browser and replaced it with an add-on bar that users need to activate to use.
The add-on bar has been added to provide space for information that add-ons have placed in the status bar. But the add-on bar has three important disadvantages over the status bar:
The team moved the web address information that are displayed on hover to the url bar at the top of the web browser. Many Firefox 4 users have installed the add-on Status 4 Evar to bring back the old functionality of the status bar. This add-on in conjunction with the add-on bar offers a similar status bar functionality.
Most commenters on the petition website mention these issues, that they cannot see "what the browser is doing when it's being slow", or that the url bar is not large enough to (often) show the full address of a hovered link.
So what's your take on the design change? Do you think it was a good decision to remove the status bar in Firefox 4 and replace it with a replacement that does not offer all of its functionality? Let me know in the comments. (thanks Roman for the tip)
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