I think it's a bad idea, but don't have any links to qualify the notion. I can try and argue them out ofof it though! Disabling scrollwheel, space and page down as a standard means of progressing down the page is a major loss of expected functionality. Reading left to right, top to bottom, and then a further dimension of left to right is a right pain — and you will probably have to divide the width into screen-widths or regular columns; the extra design demands can be difficult to swallow (instruct the user? Many systems do not provide vertical scroll bars, relying on the universal knowledge that pages scroll down; columnize, paginate?), technically implementing the right vertical measures will be a chore (measure available width and height, divide text flow appropriately? Scale everything down from pre-determined slides?), and the extra inconvenience of the user in having to scroll to an arbitrary location (scroll down a tiny bit and you will get a number of extra lines of content - scroll right the same amount and you will get the first word or so for the lines of the first column of the next 'page')... It's also extra cognitive overhead just dismissing the muscle memory of how to read and navigate a web page. Clients like little bits of cognitive overhead because it gives them something new and fun to think about when considering their new shiny thing, but people who stumble upon or seek out their site won't have the same priorities in "how can I make this different and fun". Finally, I must point out that the 'above the fold' justification is a grave incoherence. Even though the myth that "people don't scroll" has been largely debunked (no studies to hand but try Googling for Jakob Nielsen's findings), the notion that a vertical scrolling paradigm would be a solution to the problem is a total fallacy. If people don't know how or don't want to use the universal human computer interaction principle of reading further down the page for the rest, what makes you think they'll be more aware of or willing to scroll to the right? On Apr 27, 2013 2:01 PM, "Bob Meetin" <bobm at dottedi.biz> wrote: > I occasionally run into potential clients who see vertical scrollbars on > some site and like them because it makes it easier to keep a page, like the > home page, very contained, balanced column-height-wise, and mostly above > the fold. Are there any usability studies or feedback that discuss them > from the viewers' perspective? > -- > > * * Please support the community that supports you. * * > http://evolt.org/help_support_**evolt/<http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/> > > For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester > and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org > Workers of the Web, evolt !