Tuesday, August 26th, 2008>p>
Aza Raskin and the Mozilla Labs team looks like they are having a lot of fun. They have been putting up proposals for new UIs and the latest involves a smarter new tab screen.
Aza discusses how opening a blank screen doesn’t really help you. Opera already allows you to have a quick dial screen show up there, but what else can be done?
Often a new tab is opened to do a search, so they can put a search bar right there, and it can be smart enough to search across your own tools and providers (e.g. delicious). I personally don’t do this, as I use Apple-K to jump to the search bar in the browser and have the search results open in a new tab.
What I found even more interesting was the context specific smartness. How often do you do this:
- Find an address
- Select and copy the address
- Open a new tab
- Go to maps.google.com
- Paste in the new address
Instead, the new tab selector can be smart and automatically show you the map option. NOTE: there are of course other options such as plugins that find the addresses and give you links to the map.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:52 am