[thelist] vertical scrollbars

Dave Land land at aol.com
Tue Apr 30 02:13:01 CDT 2013

Bob, et al,

I have another thought about why the designer may have gone this route: so that the three components across the top of the page are the same height, creating a more "tidy" layout, especially where the grid switches from 3 columns to 2.

I worked on a design for an early version of a "Community Center" product that also had pages that attempted to stack 2- and 3-column layouts on a page. It was a pain, and we (briefly) considered the "naive" solution in evidence here.

Needless to say, we found another way to design the page after convincing stakeholders that, no, really, it's the 21st century, and people know that sometimes there's stuff below the bottom of the screen that they can see by scrolling or flicking down the page.


On Apr 28, 2013, at 11:14 AM, Bob Meetin wrote:

> Yes the wisdom is the guts of the matter.  Not being a Mac user, I would not know this about the invisibility.  That's a good enough argument to close the deal. The template I'm using is already based upon responsive design, we're reasonably good there and we're not over-pushing the pillbox.
> We're good.
>> You can separately specify overflow-x and overflow-y for that, but
>> I think the bigger question is the wisdom of doing it at all :-)
>> At least on my Mac, there's zero affordance that there's any hidden
>> content - a scroll bar only appears on mouseover. On iOS, there's
>> never a scroll bar, even on press, so content may go unnoticed.
>> Having every content block scrollable seems like a naive attempt
>> to deal with the "10 pounds of crap in a 5 pound bag" problem; is
>> it really necessary to put all that on one page to start with?
>> I would think there are better design solutions, though I could also
>> see a use case for a single scrollable block (e.g. recent tweets)...
> Bob
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