IE7 Tabbed Browsing Implementation

A developer on the IE team writes about IE7 tabbed browsing implementation. His role was to re-architect IE to support tabbed browsing. This work began last year and includes building a new frame (top-level window and chrome), sorting out how to host and switch between multiple instances of the browser, and managing communication between the various internal components.
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May 27, 2005 09:47 AM | Posted in Microsoft, Mozilla


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"Our philosophy for tabbed browsing is......", hindsight now has equivalence with intellectual progress.
Can't wait to try some userChrome.css hacks on IE7, I'm sure we will be given the opportunity.

Comment by CoolCatBad at May 27, 2005 11:56 AM | Permalink

The way I interpret the line in the IE blog that reads:

"the solution we settled on was to essentially push a large part of what you see in IE6 into a tab. We built a new frame to host the browsers and wrote a bunch of internal plumbing to manage them and cache state"

is (and please correct me if I'm interpreting this incorrectly) "IE will continue to be a big, bloated, mess."

As I'm reading it, I'm thinking: Why not just rebuild from scratch to do it right? And then realized who I was talking about....

Comment by Michael Potter at May 27, 2005 04:33 PM | Permalink

"This core functionality is largely catch-up to other browsers which support tabs, but a necessary foundation for future work."

Hey, humility. That's worth a small bit of credit.

Comment by Axord at May 27, 2005 07:53 PM | Permalink

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