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[feature-request] A more gesture-based web browser

asked 2014-05-10 21:43:16 +0300

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updated 2014-11-29 22:42:56 +0300

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Browser doesn't get benefit from Sailfish advantages and philosophy. A more gesture-based browser would be more efficient, usable and of course (most important) the sexiest browser in the world.

I am not an UX expert but I dream with:

---> Use native Silica components <---

pulley-menu from top position

Open new pages/tabs

Mark as favourite


Read later

Free-distraction-mode-reading (as in iOS devices)

Settings and blablabla

Swipe left-right a finger

Go to previous page

Go to next page

(Position 0 = home screen with history/bookmarks) It might show the place you was seing before, not necessary the top. And of course using caché not refreshing the page.

Bonus: Roll anti-clock-wise - home screen with history/bookmarks

Swipe left-right two fingers

Go to previous tab

Go to next tab

(Position 0 = home screen with favourites/read later items)

Bonus: Roll clock-wise - home screen with favourites/read later items

On scroll down

Shows: go to the top button

On scroll up

Shows: go to the botton button

Context menu

Open new tab and follow as an alternative

Open new tab on background

Open in private window

Save link as

Read later (a special category for bookmaks)

Send selected text to app (easy to pip strings to other apps or commands)

Other settings

Set ambiance as background = yes / No // or high contrast alternative for our eyes

Mozilla Sync

Alternative search engines (Basic)

Private browsing

Tracking / Cookies / Passwords

Thanks a lot.

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I added a vote the swiping through history/tabs and the go-to-the-top/bottom buttons

evdw ( 2014-05-28 10:49:33 +0300 )edit

I forgot I already voted for this one, if I could I would do it a second time! :)

DaTa ( 2014-05-28 16:48:51 +0300 )edit

Great suggestion, but I wonder how it would work with mobile sites that already use swipes for various things. I suppose we should just let website owners know that they shouldn't stuff their mobile websites full of javascript.

nthn ( 2014-05-29 12:59:02 +0300 )edit

I agree with you! :-) It would run on most sites on each top of scroll for all sides up/down/left/right... so I guess it would'n be an inconvenience... Am I wrong?

Someoneortwo ( 2014-05-29 13:04:38 +0300 )edit

Hey people who are following this question! I'm going to make this one a wiki post so you can contribute with your crazy ideas an criticisms ;-) Let's do it together and keep this thread alive¡

Someoneortwo ( 2014-05-29 13:05:21 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-09-10 13:58:47 +0300

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I'd like to add to the two finger swipe (which I think is a great idea) that perhaps it could be slightly extended so that a swipe left or right shows all tabs aligned left-to-right, and the history of the active tab (or each tab) aligned top-to-bottom. What really annoys me now is that I can't jump two or three pages back, I have to click through each of the pages I want to back up over (say back to DuckDuckGo after some clicking on a site).

Overall I think this is a really cool direction for the browser. The swipe left right isn't really a problem when it comes to overlapping website functionality. At least on OSX Safari, Chrome and Firefox all already have this feature (when using touch enabled magic mouse or touchpad). You do sometimes end up in a situation where you come to the end of a left scrolling element, swipe left one more time and are taken to the previous page, I don't personally feel this to be a problem, just something you need to be aware of.

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Your approach really rocks! I've just read it right now. Please feel free to edit the original post with your contributions :-))

I expect new revolutionary browser for Sailfish soon.

Someoneortwo ( 2014-11-29 22:41:20 +0300 )edit

I personally very much like the new Opera Coast mobile browser. It behaves just as I would expect from a native Sailfish browser and it provides really unlike experience. I would suggest working with Opera on bringing this experience to Sailfish

balage ( 2014-12-08 17:56:46 +0300 )edit

two fingers won't work with one hand, plus it was still awkward on the 2-handed passort.

cpb ( 2018-12-17 21:17:35 +0300 )edit
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