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Consider design of non-full-screen tab layouts (non-"framed")
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Originally tab layout was designed for use full screen inside dialogs, e.g.

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We have much larger uses of the tab layout, such as special:preferences, where wrapping all the content in a frame may not be desirable, so we are seeing designs like which avoid the tabs altogether:

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Do we want to enforce the same appearance for framed vs non-framed tab layouts, or do we want to support a different design for the latter?

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Thanks for making this a task, I've already seen the SD layout some days ago. In my opinion we should support two appearances.
@Esanders do you see an issue with two apart from higher maintenance?