When first time internet users start using a browser, they tend to navigate
themselves based on only the first website they view due to their lack of
awareness of how a url bar works and how to use the bookmarks folder (if
To address that issue, I'm introducing the concept of a dock for popular
websites that users (who are too new to understand how the url bar works or
use the bookmarks folder) can use to navigate the web. The dock is on the
top most part of the browser chrome (above the back and forward buttons) and
a user clicks on the name of the website or the thumbnail to arrive at the
docked website page.
*Prototype links (F11 mode in firefox can be used if your monitors default
resolution is a match) along with browser resolution:*
1024*600 (EEE 9+)
I've been in web (theme) development since early 2007. I've suggested using
the vertical tabs UI pattern to address the issue of extremely long content
submission forms in Drupal. The vertical tabs UI pattern for content
submission forms is currently the largest usability improvement being
shipped as a part of Drupal 7 core.
*About the prototype:*
The prototype is a very rudimentary implementation of how the browser dock
works. Based on iframes with images replacing the original browser chrome,
the prototype is limited to users clicking on currently docked website names
and their corresponding thumbnails to visit different websites.
About the browser dock:*
The browser dock is designed to be part of a next generation, cross platform
(desktop, portable and surface) web browser designed from the ground up for
ease of use for new comers while offering seasoned browser users with
additional benefits (in the case of the browser dock, seasoned users don't
have to refer to bookmark folders or type in addresses in the url bar to
access their most visited websites.)
*Future considerations for the browser dock:*
- Streamline the dock to use less vertical space while providing strong
- Dock Items can be configured manually by system administrators (default
behavior and best suited for public and commercial use.)
- Useful for cafe owners who may wish to encourage visits of certain
websites such as local charities and local event publishing sites.
- When the url bar is disabled, the dock can be the primary navigation
- Office administrators can use the dock to visit company web pages
and online services related to their work.
- At exhibitions or shopping stores, free web terminals using the
browser dock can allow visitors to visit websites related to
- Dock Items can be automatically displayed according to past user
behavior (best suited for single user environments.)
- Items that appear on Wednesday morning can theoretically be
completely different on Monday evening based on a users browsing habits.
- Possible integration with a system such as Weave for a new
browser environment to collect a user's past browsing habits.
- Websites can be set as private and are thereby disabled from
appearing in the browser dock when in privacy mode (privacy mode
by default with private websites hidden and when switched off,
as private would appear in the browser dock.)
- Option to switch to classic mode to use the current default chrome of
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