above the fold

22 Dec 2009 - 2:40am
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mprove
2004

Hi,
recently google labs has launched a tiny web app to tell which amount of users can view a certain area of a web page without scrolling. They do it with a translucent overlay on top of the actual page.

<http://uxmag.com/short-news/new-google-app-shows-how-much-of-a-websites-content-is-above-the-fold>

http://browsersize.googlelabs.com/

BTW_ it does not work with my FF on Mac. But Safari is ok.

If have 2 questions.
Why are the areas so rough? I do not mean the aliased (is this the oposit of anti-aliased?) 3 pixel borders between the areas. I wonder about the forms as such. E.g. why is there an initial bump for the 99% line at the left edge? And the jumps in the horizontal dimension are also not quite predictable to me. Google has tons of data, therfore I would expect a different distribution.

And second. I'd like to compare other charts for browser view sizes with google's. Does anyone have resources on this?

cheers
Matthias

PS_ a classic from Milissa Tarquini:
Blasting the Myth of the Fold, Boxes and Arrows on July 2007
http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/blasting-the-myth-of

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Powerpoint. Macht und Einfluss eines Präsentationsprogramms, Fischer 2009
http://www.mprove.de/script/09/fischer/

Comments

22 Dec 2009 - 4:16am
Robert Wünsch
2009

I don't know the Google answer, but I guess the lines represent the detailed spread of users with a screen width/height within the certain user group.

For example the horizontal straight at the bottom left of the 99% area that spreads from 0 to 150 pixels width (of the total 600px) would mean that about 25% of the 99% users have a screen that is about 330 pixels high.

26 Dec 2009 - 12:20am
Christopher Hall
2009

Two other examples:
http://www.methodologie.com/webcanvas/
http://www.wpdfd.com/browsergrid.htm

Also:
http://www.thereisnopagefold.com/

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27 Dec 2009 - 8:23pm
Ben Woods
2008

Kind of a very basic test. Who hasn't done this with Photoshop at some
point?

And I'm not sure that it works so well with fixed width, centered sites like
apple.com, parker.com, etc. I'd be interested to see how it evolves.

Ben

On Fri, Dec 25, 2009 at 5:20 PM, Christopher Hall <chall at blurredrage.com>wrote:

> Two other examples:
> http://www.methodologie.com/webcanvas/
> http://www.wpdfd.com/browsergrid.htm
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> Also:
> http://www.thereisnopagefold.com/
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