Firefox needs a major overhaul as Mozilla launches a new look for the browser. Most of the planned changes will likely be welcomed by the vast majority of users, but some are likely to annoy a few people, including the decision to remove the “ compact density ” view from the browser.
There are currently many ways to change the appearance of Firefox, including adjusting the density of the browser interface. In addition to the normal view you see by default, there is also a “ touch ” setting which makes everything a bit bigger and more suitable for typing with one finger.
At the other end of the scale – at least for now – is the ‘compact density’ option. This does the opposite of the “touch” view, making everything on the interface a bit smaller and closer together. This view is ideal for anyone using a small screen device or anyone who loves a more minimalist look. It is this option that takes precedence.
Change of look
An entry spotted on Mozilla’s bug tracker Bugzilla talks about plans to “remove compact mode from the Density menu of the customization palette”. While there will undoubtedly be a lot of Firefox users who disagree, Mozilla believes that the compact density option is “currently quite difficult to discover, and we assume it gets low engagement “.
For anyone who uses the compact view, the decision to remove it will be a hassle. But the reasoning is a bit strange. A lot of people would think that if the developers think an option is difficult to discover, it would make sense to make it more visible. But Mozilla thinks that just getting rid of the option is a better idea. Of course, it’s not set in stone, but it seems highly likely that it’s a decision that won’t be overturned.