Why are so many settings missing or hidden in chrome URLs?



  • Why are so many settings missing or "hidden" in [b]vivaldi://chrome[/b] URLs? Wasn't this browser supposed to be aimed at more advanced users? One of the things that I loved about old Opera is that it gave me settings for [i]everything[/i]. Preferred locale, script execution policies, history keeping policies, form saving, password saving, etc. I could turn everything ON or OFF, could tweak everything, right via the Preferences UI. One of the many things I hate about Chrome and Chrome-clones is that they treat their average use as being some sort of sea cucumber that would implode if their preferences UI had more than a couple of settings, so they take everything away from there. Firefox also does it to some degree, hiding away many of their settings in [b]about:config[/b], but they at least present [url=http://kb.mozillazine.org/About:config_entries]documentation for those[/url]. So what's the goal with Vivaldi? Are settings thought as being more "advanced" going to stay hidden away from the common users? And if so, can we at least get some decent documentation for them? And what's the guideline for what's going to be considered an "advanced setting"? Right now even basic stuff like disabling automatic execution of plugins or scripts is "hidden", and I can't even find options to disable form history.


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    @Ellye:

    Why are so many settings missing or "hidden" in vivaldi://chrome URLs? Wasn't this browser supposed to be aimed at more advanced users?

    One of the things that I loved about old Opera is that it gave me settings for everything. Preferred locale, script execution policies, history keeping policies, form saving, password saving, etc.

    I could turn everything ON or OFF, could tweak everything, right via the Preferences UI.

    One of the many things I hate about Chrome and Chrome-clones is that they treat their average use as being some sort of sea cucumber that would implode if their preferences UI had more than a couple of settings, so they take everything away from there.

    Firefox also does it to some degree, hiding away many of their settings in about:config, but they at least present documentation for those.

    So what's the goal with Vivaldi? Are settings thought as being more "advanced" going to stay hidden away from the common users? And if so, can we at least get some decent documentation for them?

    And what's the guideline for what's going to be considered an "advanced setting"? Right now even basic stuff like disabling automatic execution of plugins or scripts is "hidden", and I can't even find options to disable form history.

    Settings are not hidden. The code to access many of them through the written-from-scratch, non-native interface just hasn't been written yet. The browser is still in its infancy and is substantially incomplete. The UI is far from finished. Many Chrome settings are not yet reflected in the Settings. Many options that Vivaldi and only Vivaldi will have are not yet finished. The settings are far from finished. The goal is as has been prominently stated, to achieve a browser that anyone can mold to their own needs and wants. There's no plan that I've ever seen to have "advanced" settings. If you can do it, I can do it. One will not have to be a nerd to get what one wants out of the browser. (That said, some nerds are already tweaking the code to suit themselves, but that is not an intended outcome - just what nerds will do.)


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