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Tabbed browsing

Tabbed browsing Due to the imminent release of Internet Explorer, very soon all major browsers will have 'tabbed browsing'. I thought I'd create some controversy and say some reasons I don't think tabbed browsing is a big improvement:
  • It's effectively a simplification of the 'multi-document-interface' dumped by Microsoft back in 2000 (when Microsoft Office started using multiple windows, one for each document). It's hardly innovative.
  • It erodes session cookie security. 'Session cookies' (used to handle secure logins, amongst other things) aren't accessible between browser windows for security reasons, but are between tabs. This means that cross-site-scripting attacks are easier.
  • If a browser window dies, all it's tabs die with it.
  • If a browser window makes an infinite loop of Javascript alert boxes, say good bye to being able to get access back to the rest of your tabs, or even to be able to cleanly close the browser.

This blog post was inspired by the fact Firefox just crashed on me, killing 20 tabs with it.

All that said, I still like tabbed browsing :).

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