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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Taking a quick break from posting about microformats, I would like to describe some ideas I had recently about the user interface of Firefox’s history.
n Firefox, as well as many other Web browsers, recent history (view “By Last Visited” ) is displayed in a flat list of page titles. From an implementation perspective, this design makes perfect sense. History is simply a sequence of Web pages viewed by the user, and the best way to briefly describe a Web page is to use its title.
Unfortunately not all of the titles (like “Home” and “login.cgi” ) are descriptive enough, but that’s not the actual problem with this interface.
Why do Web Browsers Have History?
The user’s goal when going to history is “I saw something earlier, I need to get back there.”