RE: side-effect of tabbed browsing

Subject: RE: side-effect of tabbed browsing
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Edgar D' Souza" <edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 10:43:04 -0400

Edgar D' Souza
> In this case, it appears to be a glitch in the server-side
> page-processing code, which generates a confirmation email each time
> the page is refreshed. The behavior isn't necessarily due to tabbed
> browsing; if one were to use a non-tabbed browser, but one that
> "remembered" the last page open in it, and refreshed it on startup -
> that would yield similar results. The same would most likely occur if
> the user had to hit the Refresh button a few times to reload the
> summary page, in a non-tabbed browser like IE6.
> The reason why it's linked with tabs in this case is simply that with
> a plethora of tabs, it's easy to overlook one or two that should have
> been closed. I've had similar moments when I shut down without closing
> a couple of YouTube or other video tabs; on next restart, I wondered
> why on earth my Gmail was so slow... till I found out what other tabs
> I had left open.
Exactly. Tabbed browsing is standard because it is so gosh-darned handy,
but that very ease of use has its perils. As you say, it wouldn't have
mattered how the old transaction page was re-acquired, just that it
happened. Having a mess o' tabs just made it easy to overlook what was
going on.

As for Youtube... at work I just don't. We're at a branch office, and
bandwidth hogs are vilified, if not pilloried.

- Kevin
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RE: side-effect of tabbed browsing: From: Hemstreet, Deborah
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