[thelist] asked to rebuild an eCommerce category/subcategory/product structure

Bob Meetin bobm at dottedi.biz
Tue Sep 22 11:59:11 CDT 2009

ben morrison wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 4:52 PM, Hassan Schroeder
> <hassan.schroeder at gmail.com> wrote:
>> So a items-per-page choice, e.g. [ 4 | 12 | all ] would be nice.
>> Not that that's necessarily less work for you :-)
>> OTOH, horizontal "scrolling" of 25 items in chunks of 4 means the
>> user has to continually scroll back and forth to compare; I think you
>> would need to provide a "page" locator at least, identifying the group
>> currently in view, and letting the user jump directly to a given "page".
>> It does all sound a little messy, horizontal scrolling never nice.
>> How about suggesting to build a simple prototype page to gauge interaction??
>> Ben
Unfortunately I'm a little jaded here in my opinion, perhaps even 
opinionated.  In this case the items the items primarily differ in 
color.  It does make it more difficult to compare.  I tend to think it's 
a foolish use of a tight budget as well, but that's just me.

Before this response I started googling horizontal scrollbars to build a 
simple prototype as suggested, but the examples I've found so far fail 
to make blocks scroll horizontally.  Each block would have an image and 
perhaps a title under it.

<style type="text/css">
div {
height: 350px;
width: 950px;

<span><img src="images/blue_ferrari.jpg"><p>whatever</p></span>
<span><img src="images/red_ferrari.jpg"><p>whatever</p></span>
<span><img src="images/black_ferrari.jpg"><p>whatever</p></span>

This gives me a horizontal scrollbar but does not force or float the 
images with block to live on one line.

Over, Bob

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