Link: A piece with a lot of screenshots about the close tab behaviour in Google Chrome
To out-polish Apple, you have to get up pretty early. That such a high level of attention is paid to a detail like browser tabs is why Google’s applications are so invisible. Apart from Google Wave, of course, whose UI is pretty much a steamroller running you over in the getting-out-of-the-way stakes.
Tabs, tabs, tabs. The specialist subject of UI experts everywhere. Should tabs just rearrange horizontally or also detach? How much vertical scroll buffer should a tab have before it detaches? Under what circumstances should it detach? What about reattaching?
This is a short piece concerned only with the different behaviours when closing tabs in Google Chrome, as I think these behaviours are fantastically thought through.