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fixed positioning on http://www.w3.org/2001/06tips/reback

From: by way of Karl Dubost <Daniel.Barclay@fgm.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 09:16:39 +0900
Message-Id: <a05200f01bb02ead71c12@[133.27.243.186]>
To: www-qa@w3.org



On the web page at http://www.w3.org/2001/06tips/reback, the fixed
positioning of the Further Reading box causes it to hide text in the
body when the box plus the (fixed-width) META tag example together
exceed the window width and the body is scrolled a bit.

Is there really any reason to prevent the Further Reading box from
scrolling with the rest of the page?

Besides being annoying (violating the principle of not surprising the
user (usually one doesn't have to avoid a certain range of scrolling
because it hides content, and usually one can scroll content of a page
out of the browser window)), that layout reserves a _whole_ column of
empty space on the page and in the browser window just for one little
box.

(You weren't assuming that the user is using a full-width browser
window, were you?  If so, remember to consider users with high-resolution
screens but with half-screen-width windows.  (Half of 1152 or 1440 is
still less than the 800 pixels some people assume.))



Daniel
Received on Tuesday, 3 June 2003 20:53:35 GMT

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