For starters, I’m a tab lover. Until I got Mozilla and then Chimera on OS X, I browsed with tabs in Opera on Windows. My favorite windows text editor uses tabs, and I missed the tabs when I moved to bbedit. Adium’s use of tabs was wonderful, and really saved desktop space.
Many people cry for tabs, but those in the “No tabs” camp say that tabs should not be implemented on a per application basis and the “Document” metaphor should be consistent across the OS.
Okay. While these two sides seem to be at odds with each other, there is a simple solution. Build tabs into the OS and make them work for every document based application. (or at least make a haxie for it.)
Just think, iChat with tabs, BBEdit with tabs, Safari with tabs - we are getting really close to perfect now.