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Re: "turn the image around" UI idea

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:13:29 -0700
Cc: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-id: <8B357464-B9C6-44F8-81C6-07DF32F99E93@apple.com>
To: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>

On Sep 19, 2012, at 10:56 AM, Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Maciej and all,
> On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com> wrote:
>> On Sep 19, 2012, at 4:11 AM, Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Yes, exactly what I meant. But I don't think it's going to work, in
>>> particular in Desktop browsers. Was just a random idea for touch
>>> devises.
>> OK, one detail that was missing is that it's for touch devices and the expected way to activate it is a flick gesture. Unfortunately, flicks/swipes already have a defined meaning in most mobile and tablet browsers, namely, panning the page. We likely cannot overload this gesture for images, because panning/scrolling is a critical operation. And many pages consist largely of images, so users cannot be expected to carefully avoid them when panning.
>> I hope this illustrates the distance between a brainstorming-level idea and a description with enough detail to guide implementation.
> Then we would be back to the standard  tap and hold gesture for a
> touch device contextual menu. Not quite the wow factor but functional
> non-the-less.

If you go that route, you get into the limited space available for the longpress menu, since all the touch targets have to be large enough to hit. For example, the menu attached to an image that is also a link already fills the whole screen on my iPhone.

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