OS X tab style inconsistancy

Two new OS X applications were released today, CSSEdit and Coda. With them comes two new and different styles of tabs.

Coda: codatabs.png

CSSEdit: cssedittabs.png

Coda takes a Camino—style approach to tab design, while CSSEdit’s is more Safari. I prefer CSSEdit’s personally, it’s clearer which tab is selected and it does it with less visual elements (or visual clutter). But there’s no reason why OS X should have so many different styles of tabs for documents. It’s one of the last few user interface widgets1 that has yet to be standardised, but one that is becoming increasingly popular.

Hopefully Leopard will feature a default tab widget for Cocoa that most people will adopt to use in their applications, and hopefully it’ll look something like CSSEdit’s elegant implementation.


  1. In the sense of user interface elements such as buttons and tick—boxes, not OS X’s Widgets.
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