[thelist] vertical scrollbars

Lee Kowalkowski lee.kowalkowski at googlemail.com
Sun Apr 28 03:51:16 CDT 2013

Sounds like you really meant horizontal scrolling (or panning), but
keeping things to the left of the fold is more of a problem as keeping
things above it.

It's becoming more popular on touch devices.  You still need something
meaningful to indicate there is more content to see, something
familiar, like scrollbars.

On 28 April 2013 03:39, Scott <paladin at fuse.net> wrote:
> Hassan Schroeder wrote:
>> On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 6:25 AM, Barney Carroll
>> <barney.carroll at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 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
>> Eh, wat? Are we talking about vertical or horizontal scrolling?
>> Because "to the right" makes me think *horizontal* ...
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>> Hassan Schroeder ------------------------ hassan.schroeder at gmail.com
>> http://about.me/hassanschroeder twitter: @hassan
> ???
> I'm with Hassan. This discussion, so far, is a bit confusing. I mean,
> here... "I occasionally run into potential clients who see vertical
> scrollbars on some site and like them..." Umm, yes, that would be pretty
> much every standard page, no? Then, Barney's response seems to indicate that
> "horizontal scrollbars" was the intended meaning.
> If so, I agree that using them as a means to keep content "above the fold"
> is a bad idea. Mess with user expectations at your peril, and after almost
> two decades of vertical scrolling to read page content, users are accustomed
> to accessing content that way. Between down-arrow, space bar, scrollbar, and
> mouse scroll wheel, there are many very convenient ways to scroll
> vertically. Other than the horizontal scrollbar, how many ways are there to
> scroll left and right?
> One way to convince him might be to create a single page that works that way
> and let him try it out himself. That might get the job done.
> All this presumes that we're actually talking about horizontal scrollbars.
> If not, then I'm thoroughly confused... ;-)
> cheers,
> scott
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