[Techtalk] Mozilla v. Firefox
kmactane at GothPunk.com
Tue Feb 1 10:57:44 EST 2005
At 1/31/05 12:51 PM , Akkana Peck wrote:
>My main issues with firefox are:
> They changed the definitions of ctrl-enter in the urlbar to
> blindly copy IE's behavior. In mozilla, I can type, say,
> "mozilla key bindings" in the urlbar, hit ctrl-enter, and
> I get a new tab with a google (or other chosen search engine)
> search page on those terms. In firefox, it tries to open, in
> the current tab, "http://www.mozilla key bindings.com/"
> and of course gives me an error saying that page cannot
> be found.
I can totally understand why this is driving you nuts. But I can also
totally understand why the Firefox folks set it up to prepend
"http://www.", append ".com" and open in the current tab:
Because when someone first tries to switch over from IE, they're going to
try to use it the way they previously used IE. Remember, up until a few
days ago, this user may have thought "that big blue E" *was* "the
Internet". To them, the behaviors they've grown accustomed to in IE are not
simply "IE's default behavior", but rather "the only way it could or should
be; the Right Way(tm)".
So, when they want to check their email, and they type in "hotmail" and hit
Ctrl+Enter, if they get some kind of weird error, they'll figure "this
Firefox thing is broken". I don't think the Firefox behavior is "blindly
copying" IE's behavior; I think it's *deliberately mimicking* it.
That said, it also seems calculated to drive long-time Mozilla users nuts.
In Firefox, the preferred way to run an immediate Google search would be
hit Ctrl+K or Ctrl+E (which puts the focus on the search bar, as Ctrl+L or
Alt+D does for the location bar), type "whatever search terms", and hit
enter. Prefixing it all with a Ctrl+T if you want it in a new tab.
> Firefox still has "open in a new tab", but it's alt-enter in
> the urlbar, ctrl-click on a link. I'm forever getting those two
> mixed up. Mozilla uses the same key (ctrl) in both places, so
> it's easy to remember.
Yeah, but Firefox also extends the IE-ish "Ctrl+Enter for .com" behavior to
include "Shift+Enter for .net" and "Ctrl+Shift+Enter for .org". It's kind
of a trade-off.
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