Firefox (and some other browsers) allow you to organize multiple pages
(browser instances) into a tabfolder metaphor. You can easily cycle thru
multiple pages - they're all displayed in the same browser window. I agree
that the tools for handling Firefox tabfolders ain't exactly intuitive, but
the all-in-one solution for the "browsers-proliferate-like-bunnies" and
"browser-buried-in stack-of windows" situations is a nice first step.
What interests me about the tabfolder management tool as a part of the
browser platform is that it might also allow *simultaneous* display of those
Let's say that there are 4 browser instances available in the tabfoldered
mainWindow (I'm going to call them "frames"): Trade frame, Analytics frame,
Portfolio frame and Market Data frame. In addition to the tabfolder format
display (which only allows you to view one frame at a time), it would be
nice to display all four frames simultaneously in the mainWindow. Like
many sophisticated applications environments, you can resize the windows,
minimize/maximize them, open new frames & close, store favorite layouts as
presets. Now we have the beginnings of a real trader's desktop.
That's just the presentation level, of course. Other functional features
would include tools for managing the frames themselves (transcending
"statelessness"), data transfer among pages, etc.etc.
Browsers are evolving fast now, getting smarter, more self aware. An "open
system" platform like Firefox offers a terrific evolutionary playpen for
ixD. I hope that capable coders will be working on some of these ideas. As
IxD weenies, we should sieze the opportunity to help craft the capabilities
of the next generation of interactive platforms.
>vaughan1 at optonline.net <vaughan1 at optonline.net> wrote: > >> Re the issue of "browser=portal" - esp. for desktop biz environment >> (financial trading comes immediately to mind): Is anybody interested in >> talking about that? I'd be especially interested if the >> multi-instance/tabfolder platform a la Firefox allowed for easy resizing >> & simultaneous presentation of multiple pages in one window. Data >> transfer among pages would be cool. Observations? Suggestions? > > Actually the application in my mind these days is exactly -- > financial, multiple tabs, maintaining states, highly transactional, > popups, lots of needs for scrolling portlets, etc. I am interested in > listening what you meant by "multi-instance/tabfolder". I have seen > the Firefox using it, however, I found it not very unintuitive. Please > go ahead, explain your point again. > > Thanks, > > Prady >