Rather than having tabs at mw:Special:Preferences, we should switch to collapsible, stacked sections. Each section will have an associated icon and the first section will be auto-expanded on page load.
|Open||None||T33882 Ensure consistency of how special pages [et al.] switches can be saved|
|Open||None||T64559 Redesign Special:Preferences (tracking)|
|Open||None||T65583 Change MediaWiki core user preferences layout|
(In reply to MZMcBride from comment #0)
Rather than having tabs at [[mw:Special:Preferences]], we should switch to
collapsible, stacked sections. Each section will have an associated icon and
the first section will be auto-expanded on page load.
Collapsible stacked sections (accordion-style layout) only make sense for some skins, and just like a tabbed layout, an accordion-style layout has its advantages and disadvantages; I see no reasoning that this would be any better in general. If anything, which particular method is used should be determined by the skin, because that will be the determining factor as to what layout will be most appropriate.
Accordion-style, for instance, would make perfect sense for MobileFrontend and is indeed already widely used for pages in general; tabs make sense for skins like Wikia's which implement consistent vertical tabbed/list navigation, where the respective height on the page indicates the scope; and skins like MonoBook and Vector, which just have navigation all over the place, can't really do anything that will make sense because nothing makes sense already.