I work on a web application that allows users to create tabs and fill them with modules that display analytic data. So one tab may have a series of bar graphs, and another may have a group of tables. Or one may have data pertaining to one aspect of our business, and another tab would detail another aspect.
The tab UI is similar to Google Chrome: to open a new tab you click on a "+" button to the right of all the other tabs. New tabs are appended to the right of the last tab added.
I'm wondering which tab should take focus when you close a tab. I've seen this done 2 ways:
- You close a tab, the tab immediately to it's right takes focus (or if there is no tab to it's right, the tab immediately to it's left takes focus).
- You close a tab, the last tab you were viewing now takes focus.
Which makes more sense from a UX standpoint?