alternative to scrolling

14 Apr 2007 - 6:08pm
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gabefriedman
2007

This may be old hat to everyone else (always begin with a disclaimer),
but I was interested to see http://www.treehugger.com's answer to
looooong screens: clickable panels to the right of the main content
which jump you down to the next "screen" (their term for a discrete
piece of content).

Technically, it's just a fancied-up local link, but conceptually it's
pretty interesting. In theory you could have your whole site on one
screen, with "screens" replacing "pages I'll leave it better minds to
determine whether that's a good or bad thing, but I find this concept
intriguing.

One (blatantly obvious, you'd think) problem is the clicks only jump you
*down* the page. Should be clear that having gone down, someone might
want to go back *up* (without scrolling, whichb I guess is the whole point)

Thoughts?

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Gabriel Friedman
gabrielfriedmandesign.com

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16 Apr 2007 - 8:10am
Chris Pallé
2007

Nice find. I personally like it. It made reading through the entries
a lot easier. My eyes didn't have to scan simultaneously with the
scroll which left me feeling less strained.

I think what also adds to the ease-factor is that the ads in the side
bars line up horizontally. Newspapers and grid layouts help balance
the page vertically, but this helps keep horizontal lines clean which
also reduces adjust and strain; that is, my eyes going up and down to
account for broken horizontal lines.

Thanks, Gabriel.

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On Apr 14, 2007, at 7:08 PM, Gabriel Friedman wrote:

> This may be old hat to everyone else (always begin with a disclaimer),
> but I was interested to see http://www.treehugger.com's answer to
> looooong screens: clickable panels to the right of the main content
> which jump you down to the next "screen" (their term for a discrete
> piece of content).
>
> Technically, it's just a fancied-up local link, but conceptually it's
> pretty interesting. In theory you could have your whole site on one
> screen, with "screens" replacing "pages I'll leave it better minds to
> determine whether that's a good or bad thing, but I find this concept
> intriguing.
>
> One (blatantly obvious, you'd think) problem is the clicks only
> jump you
> *down* the page. Should be clear that having gone down, someone might
> want to go back *up* (without scrolling, whichb I guess is the
> whole point)
>
> Thoughts?
>
>
> --
> Gabriel Friedman
> gabrielfriedmandesign.com
>
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16 Apr 2007 - 8:21am
Håkan Reis
2006

In my opinion the solution here is a half-solution. In a way it resembles a
pageing structure, and it does a pretty good job but...

Better would be to have text displayed in a container that shows as much as
appropriate for the current client size of the container, completely without
scrolling. Attach a firmly placed next/prev control to page the content, up
and down in the container. That way you will get the paging in the exact
same position at all times and the content will always be fully visible. But
then again, that would give the site less space for ads...

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Håkan Reis
Dotway AB

http://blog.reis.se

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