Here is a simple reflexion:
On what should we focus ergonomy and efficiency improvements?
--> On the most used features
If we analyze the time we spend on a browser, there are surely a lot of different actions we do.
What is the action we do the most often?
Interaction with the webpage, for sure. Ok, but after that? I don't have any formal statistics, but I'm pretty sure it is the selection of a tab...
So even if improvements or developments in this area are small, they may have a huge impact on everyday browsing.
Moreover, what is the main link for interaction with the browser? Yes there is the keyboard, and yes keyboard shortcuts can be useful. But it often needs some effort from the user (move the hand, look for the key). I think that mouse is far more efficient for tasks we do very very often, at least for most of the people.
Quite simple: :yes:
Re-implement one of these feature from Opera 12 (or both of them, or even an other and better idea, I don't care ^^ )
- Personalization of mouse gesture, with possibility to assign "tab switching" (previous and next). For example, I used rocker gesture for that, it was simple and very efficient
- Hold Right click and mouse wheel (never used it, but I guess it can be efficient as well)
For every day browsing, I still use Opera 12. To be honest, there are a lot of features I miss... but there is only one which is such a deal breaker that I can't switch to a more recent Opera, and it is explained just above.