Most applications that have tabbed panes use the standard Windows style of dealing with multiple rows of tabs. Ie. if a tab in the back row is clicked then the WHOLE row jumps forward, and the forward row jumps back. For example :
Clicking on 'Hardware' moves the WHOLE back row to the front, and the front two tabs to the back.
Firstly I just want to say... I HATE that. The visual placement of things are scrambled up, and it gives me a real headache.
There is another alternative to this. For example in Java Swing, the back row stays at the back, but the tab 'Hardware' is colored/highlighted differently, making it very clear to the user that that is what is being looked at. I know it breaks the folder metaphor a bit, but I feel like it is much more easier on the brain.
What are peoples opinions on tabbed panes? And does this Windows-jolting-jumping style of tabbed panes have a name? I want to be able to use some nomenclature with clients.