[thelist] vertical scrollbars

Hassan Schroeder hassan.schroeder at gmail.com
Sun Apr 28 10:22:31 CDT 2013

On Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 7:57 AM, Renoir B. <renoirb at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am surprised nobody mentioned this yet but there are serious Usability
> and Accessibility organizations.
> They might have all the explanations and credentials you need.
> http://www.nngroup.com/articles/top-ten-web-design-mistakes-of-2002/

Uh, well. We're a long way past 2002  :-)

>From that NN reference:
  "Web pages that require horizontal scrolling in standard-sized
   windows, such as 800x600 pixels, are particularly annoying."

My iPhone 4s resolution is 960x640, and it's just one example of
the proliferation of hi-res touch devices, which totally change the
usage model. Swiping left-right to view carousel-style displays is
easy and intuitive, unlike trying to click on a horizontal scrollbar
with a mouse.

And given the number of laptops with built-in touch pads and the
introduction of touch-screen laptops, non-mouse-driven interaction
is becoming ever more commonplace.

So I'd say the question is really how big is your 'swipe' (hand-held)
audience, and does horizontal motion make sense in that context?

Props to Jakob for all his research, but today, 11 years later, it may
not be such a clear-cut issue :-)

Hassan Schroeder ------------------------ hassan.schroeder at gmail.com
twitter: @hassan

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