- Nov 28, 2011
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This seems to be one of your big hang ups.I tried Vivaldi - hated it. Mostly because of the UI - all of them now seem to think the URL bar belongs *below* the tab bar. I very much prefer it to be *above* the tabs. I'm smart enough to know the tab I'm on is what's in the URL bar (something the "designers" seem to think escapes people - and the reasoning I've read for "tabs on top." I have some custom ccs applied to FF so it looks like it did before the Mozilla designers mucked about with the UI making it look like everyone else. I've not found a way to do that with any of the chromium builds. There were a few other annoying things but I just don't recall what they were - it's been too long. I just remember the horrid UI, used it about 20 minutes, couldn't find fixes for its annoying UI "features," and uninstalled it.
In practice, there isn't much anybody can do about it other than writing your own custom addons + css scripts and/or modifying the mozilla or chromium source code and recompiling a custom binary to address the issue. Or if one is highly motivated, writing a new browser completely from scratch and not using any legacy codebases (like mozilla or chromium).
My browser of choice for a long time was stuff like lynx, largely because I didn't want to see all the graphics and other media noise on pages back in the early 2000s. Unfortunately as time went on, there was so much scripting and other crap on most web pages that text-only browsers like lynx were much more troublesome to use, than to just "turn to the dark side" by using something generic which was mozilla or chromium based (or other ones now-discontinued such as the Presto engine).