A long page with scroll v/s Tabbed Page?

11 Mar 2009 - 3:54am
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rejeeb
2009

Can anyone refer me to some material that explores, what are the
heuristics of when to use along page with scroll v/s Tabbed Page?

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11 Mar 2009 - 8:20am
Bill Welense
2008

I can't refer to any materials, but I can say from experience that my
company recommends using our tabbed view when using our app w/
touchscreens/tablets.

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11 Mar 2009 - 8:58am
Batyah Rubin
2009

If you are talking about web, here are some considerations I feel work
in favor of long pages:
1. The browser Find feature CAN find text on the current tab/page,
but CAN'T find it on another tab
2. Using Links at the top of a long page (instead of tabs) can get
the user to the relevant text lower down on the same page very
quickly
3. The text may be long because it is all relevant to a single topic,
if so, the printing of it can be easier in a single page (dividing it
up into tabs may NOT be appropriate)
4. Today it is generally accepted that page lengths are long and are
preferred to additional navigation clicks IF the page length does so
affect the page load time
5. Most users now have mice with scroll wheels, this makes scrolling
quick and efficient

===>>>See http://www.useit.com/alertbox/tabs.html

Best of luck
Batyah Rubin

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11 Mar 2009 - 9:09am
Maggie Reilly
2008

Hi Batyah,
Those are good points, but lots of users (at least in user testing I've
done) are unaware of the browser Find and have difficulty manipulating
scroll wheels. Also, you can provide a printable page that includes all
materials on related tabs (yes, one more thing to maintain, but it's an
approach that has worked well for some sites).

As usual, it comes down to knowing your target audience, their needs,
habits, tools, and preferences.

Begin at the beginning, the king said, gravely, and go till you come to
the end; then stop.

Lewis Carroll

Maggie Reilly
User Experience Architect
Distribution Marketing | IHG

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If you are talking about web, here are some considerations I feel work
in favor of long pages:
1. The browser Find feature CAN find text on the current tab/page, but
CAN'T find it on another tab 2. Using Links at the top of a long page
(instead of tabs) can get the user to the relevant text lower down on
the same page very quickly 3. The text may be long because it is all
relevant to a single topic, if so, the printing of it can be easier in a
single page (dividing it up into tabs may NOT be appropriate) 4. Today
it is generally accepted that page lengths are long and are preferred to
additional navigation clicks IF the page length does so affect the page
load time 5. Most users now have mice with scroll wheels, this makes
scrolling quick and efficient

===>>>See http://www.useit.com/alertbox/tabs.html

Best of luck
Batyah Rubin

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11 Mar 2009 - 11:38am
Katie Albers
2005

I have on three occasions recently done User Experience for companies
where someone eventually turned to me and said "Can we incorporate a
'Find' or 'Search' button for just this page?" In each case, they were
shocked to find out that there's a perfectly good 'find on page'
functionality built into browsers.

I wouldn't rely too heavily on users' knowing about the Find feature
when making page length decisions.

kt

Katie Albers
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FirstThought
User Experience Strategy & Project Management
310 356 7550
katie at firstthought.com

On Mar 11, 2009, at 6:58 AM, Batyah Rubin wrote:

> If you are talking about web, here are some considerations I feel work
> in favor of long pages:
> 1. The browser Find feature CAN find text on the current tab/page,
> but CAN'T find it on another tab
> 2. Using Links at the top of a long page (instead of tabs) can get
> the user to the relevant text lower down on the same page very
> quickly
> 3. The text may be long because it is all relevant to a single topic,
> if so, the printing of it can be easier in a single page (dividing it
> up into tabs may NOT be appropriate)
> 4. Today it is generally accepted that page lengths are long and are
> preferred to additional navigation clicks IF the page length does so
> affect the page load time
> 5. Most users now have mice with scroll wheels, this makes scrolling
> quick and efficient
>
> ===>>>See http://www.useit.com/alertbox/tabs.html
>
> Best of luck
> Batyah Rubin
>
>
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12 Mar 2009 - 12:52am
rejeeb
2009

Thanks a lot for your responses. The question which I raised was
specific to web applications. You can see a rough wireframe from this
link ( http://picasaweb.google.com/rejeeb/Images#5312170100417024242
).
The same data is represnted in 2 ways, as a long page and in tabbed
pages. Is there a well defined set of heuristics to choose between
these 2 options?

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11 Dec 2010 - 11:39pm
mcaskey
2008

Can anyone publish some usability testing on this?  I suspect the results will vary, because while we are talking about a big difference in interaction, we're only talking about one element of the UX, and the context is likely to shift the results.  Still, I would love to peer into some studies, where the content and all other things remain the same, and the only variable is scroll vs. click/tabs.

12 Dec 2010 - 1:10pm
holger_maassen
2010

The answer is not as easy as you think or you / we like to have …

Well - again and again we notice that the most web users, about 50 to 75 %, spent three quarter of their time looking at information above the page fold. Although users do scroll, they allocate only one quarter of their attention-time below the fold. But those also depend on the one hand on the provider and his business and at which site’s level the user is or enter the site. On the other hand it depends on the user aim, goal and circumstances.

http://ux4dotcom.blogspot.com/2010/08/walk-while-in-someone-elses-shoes.html

For example if the user visits the homepage of an book shop and he is doubtful which book is the best as x-mas present / which might be interesting for him – it’s more than likely that he will scroll the homepage. If he knows what he want he will use the navigation or search input field.

If the user visits the homepage of an automotive manufacturer and he is doubtful which car model might be interesting for him – it’s more than likely that he will use teaser, special offers or the car “show room”.

The behavior on microsite is very different because usually the user enters microsites by banner ads. Most of microsite’s visitors are likely using / clicking the first teaser which is interesting for him.

It always depends on … think about your client, users, users' roles and the aims and circumstances.

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