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Re: new-site comments - left column space

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 16:55:18 -0500
To: "Barclay, Daniel" <daniel@fgm.com>
Message-Id: <DC1865B5-86EA-4599-8637-71FEE9D1559F@w3.org>
Cc: <site-comments@w3.org>

On 31 Mar 2009, at 4:48 PM, Barclay, Daniel wrote:

> Regarding the page http://beta.w3.org/, etc.
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Hello again!
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> The left navigation column also takes up too much space at narrower
> windows widths.
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> In the attached screen shot, see how large a fraction of the width  
> of the
> page and browser display pane is taken by the left navigation column.
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> At least make the width proportional to the page or viewport width  
> so that
> it doesn't take up a larger fraction of the horizontal space in  
> windows that
> are tall rather than wide.
>

One concern about the proportional spacing was that the left navigation
area itself would become unusable at narrow widths.

Note, by the way, that the mobile view may provide a slightly
better experience for very narrow viewports.
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> Also, notice how, once the user scrolls down below the extent of the  
> left-
> column content (e.g., to read the main-column content), the columns'  
> horizontal
> space is entirely wasted, for the entire height of the browser pane.
>

Yes. One goal in the redesign has been to keep redesigned pages short
so that this is not too much of a problem. Also, there are suggestions
that a narrower page width may make it easier to read content.
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> Ideally, make the left navigation column into a float (or move it to  
> something
> at the top (e.g., such as a good (wrappable) form of tabs), so that  
> that
> the left-side space in the browser pane can be used to display part  
> of the main
> content once the user has scrolled down beyond the extent of the  
> left-column
> navigation content.
>
See above comment.

We'll add this suggestion to the hopper. Thanks!

  _ Ian


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