Since Coda’s inception, we’ve debated whether the toolbar should be fixed or inline. More recently, the inline toolbar was one of the features that we scoped out of the original visual refresh project. Our guiding principle behind the visual refresh was to minimize Coda UI and make more space for the user content to shine. In the same vein, the top toolbar is a piece of UI that permanently takes up real estate on the screen, even though it is not actually used that often. More importantly, the toolbar makes Coda docs feel more cluttered and “work in progress” for viewers and contributors. For that reason, we believe that switching to the inline toolbar will make Coda docs feel more lightweight for simple cases and more presentable for sharing with others.
Launch the inline toolbar in Q2. This will involve cross-functional efforts across Product, Design and Brand teams.