473,734 Members | 2,567 Online
Bytes | Software Development & Data Engineering Community
+ Post

Home Posts Topics Members FAQ

Is horizontal scrolling okay?

My web site is not particularly theme-based, but it contains an Art Gallery
I'd like to display in a different perspective. I would like to horizontally
scroll it, rather than vertically - as if the viewer is virtually "walking"
through the gallery. I'm just attempting this to have this part of the page
be different.

Is horizontal scrolling okay, or will it throw our browsers into chaos and
viewers into insanity? If horizontal scrolling is acceptable, how would I
code it to render properly, as opposed to vertical scrolling?

--
- Dave

Jul 23 '05 #1
14 5415
Dave wrote:
My web site is not particularly theme-based, but it contains an Art Gallery
I'd like to display in a different perspective. I would like to horizontally
scroll it, rather than vertically - as if the viewer is virtually "walking"
through the gallery. I'm just attempting this to have this part of the page
be different.

Is horizontal scrolling okay, or will it throw our browsers into chaos and
viewers into insanity? If horizontal scrolling is acceptable, how would I
code it to render properly, as opposed to vertical scrolling?


People prefer vertical scrolling to horizontal.
Jul 23 '05 #2

"Dave" <gr**********@y ahoo.com> wrote in message
news:ARiAd.4171 $2_4.1458@okepr ead06...
My web site is not particularly theme-based, but it contains an Art Gallery I'd like to display in a different perspective. I would like to horizontally scroll it, rather than vertically - as if the viewer is virtually "walking" through the gallery. I'm just attempting this to have this part of the page be different.

Is horizontal scrolling okay, or will it throw our browsers into chaos and
viewers into insanity? If horizontal scrolling is acceptable, how would I
code it to render properly, as opposed to vertical scrolling?


See my comments in my thread from yesterday, "Wide, Wide Web" for some
perspective. If you do go ahead with this plan, I would recommend providing
an explicit indication that the scroll is horizontal--maybe a bright arrow
with a label "Scroll this way" or something like that. But, seriously,
consider whether the horizontal approach is really an improvement.

Jul 23 '05 #3
Once upon a time *Dave* wrote:
My web site is not particularly theme-based, but it contains an Art Gallery
I'd like to display in a different perspective. I would like to horizontally
scroll it, rather than vertically - as if the viewer is virtually "walking"
through the gallery. I'm just attempting this to have this part of the page
be different.

Is horizontal scrolling okay, or will it throw our browsers into chaos and
viewers into insanity? If horizontal scrolling is acceptable, how would I
code it to render properly, as opposed to vertical scrolling?


Q: Is horizontal scrolling okay?
A: NO, NO, *NO!*

--
/Arne
http://web.telia.com/~u97802964/

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything and the
young know everything. (Oscar Wilde)
Jul 23 '05 #4
Dave wrote:
My web site is not particularly theme-based, but it contains an Art Gallery
I'd like to display in a different perspective. I would like to horizontally
scroll it, rather than vertically - as if the viewer is virtually "walking"
through the gallery. I'm just attempting this to have this part of the page
be different.

Is horizontal scrolling okay, or will it throw our browsers into chaos and
viewers into insanity? If horizontal scrolling is acceptable, how would I
code it to render properly, as opposed to vertical scrolling?


I would not recommend what you are proposing. To display as intended (I
assume no vertical scrolling desired) would require creating the page to
a fixed height browser window; otherwise, you'd scroll both vertically
and horizontally. Viewers already know how to scroll up and down with
ease; and that when you have to scroll horizontally, it's usually
because something is too big (the page designed for large fixed width).
I think it would be unwieldy for users.

With that said, it's very (too) easy to do. Just place a fixed width
object on the page to set the width large enough to fit all your pictures.

--
Stan McCann "Uncle Pirate" http://stanmccann.us/pirate.html
Webmaster/Computer Center Manager, NMSU at Alamogordo
Cooordinator, Tularosa Basin Chapter, ABATE of NM; AMA#758681; COBB
'94 1500 Vulcan (now wrecked) :( http://motorcyclefun.org/Dcp_2068c.jpg
A zest for living must include a willingness to die. - R.A. Heinlein
Jul 23 '05 #5
On Tue, 28 Dec 2004 13:52:09 -0600, Dave wrote:
My web site is not particularly theme-based, but it contains an Art Gallery
I'd like to display in a different perspective. I would like to horizontally
scroll it, rather than vertically - as if the viewer is virtually "walking"
through the gallery.
Is there some reason why a visitor must download all the pictures just to
see any of them (or none at all)?
I'm just attempting this to have this part of the page be different.


If you want to be different, try a bandwidth- and user-friendly solution:
arrange for a walk-through one picture (ot a few) at a time. Or, link
the individual pictures off a thumbnails page (note: thumbnails, not
dumbnails.)

Just a thought for the World Wide Wait.

Jul 23 '05 #6
On Wed, 29 Dec 2004 06:20:26 GMT, Arjun Ray <ar**@nmds.com. invalid> wrote:
Is there some reason why a visitor must download all the pictures just to
see any of them (or none at all)?
Good point. The OP's plan would seem to be better applied to disk-based
distribution than a web site.
If you want to be different, try a bandwidth- and user-friendly solution:
arrange for a walk-through one picture (ot a few) at a time. Or, link
the individual pictures off a thumbnails page (note: thumbnails, not
dumbnails.)

Just a thought for the World Wide Wait.


AUGH! I HATE sites that parcel things out in tiny chunks. That's just
about as bad as the big download plan. I can scan a big page a lot faster
than I can slog through endless small pages. Thumbnails are definitely the
way to go.

_______________ _______________ ___________
Usenet Zone Free Binaries Usenet Server
More than 120,000 groups
Unlimited download
http://www.usenetzone.com to open account
Jul 23 '05 #7
In article <9u************ *************** *****@4ax.com>,
Kimba W. Lion <ki************ *******@127.0.0 .1> wrote:

AUGH! I HATE sites that parcel things out in tiny chunks. That's just
about as bad as the big download plan. I can scan a big page a lot faster
than I can slog through endless small pages. Thumbnails are definitely the
way to go.


For me, any form of scanning (or stepping) through a web site, or
asequence of web pages, that can be done using only the **keyboard**
instead of the mouse is infinitely preferable.

On most web pages I seem to be able to scan vertically using the HOME /
PAGE UP / PAGE DOWN / END keys on an extended keyboard -- although some
web pages just won't scroll this way: using these keys on these pages
causes some unrelated auxiliary window at the top of the page to flop
down -- very frustrating.

Horizontal and/or vertical scanning with the keyboard arrow keys?? --
would be very nice (in my opinion, anyway).

Are there any HTML tags that will enable or activate key-driven vertical
or horizontal scanning on some or most browsers?

[Or some "canned" Java coding that I can just copy and paste into my
amateur HTML coding, without having to try to learn Java?]
Jul 23 '05 #8
In article <ARiAd.4171$2_4 .1458@okepread0 6>, Dave
(gr**********@y ahoo.com) dropped a +5 bundle of words...
My web site is not particularly theme-based, but it contains an Art Gallery
I'd like to display in a different perspective. I would like to horizontally
scroll it, rather than vertically - as if the viewer is virtually "walking"
through the gallery. I'm just attempting this to have this part of the page
be different.

Is horizontal scrolling okay, or will it throw our browsers into chaos and
viewers into insanity?
I'm gonna throw my two cents in. Don't do it. Faaaar better to scroll
down than horizontally. It's a pet peeve of mine. I can live with it if
it's a smidge over but too much and I'm gone. Too much info gets buried
off to the side and that makes it just suck. It never impresses me.

I don't know if it's a rule, per se but it should be.
If horizontal scrolling is acceptable, how would I
code it to render properly, as opposed to vertical scrolling?


I've done some reading on usability. Merges.net is a pretty good
resource. Brucie in alt.html has about a zillion helpful links but he's
MIA right now, according to the regs there. Anyway, the point I was
going to make is that while webcoders design like people are going to
read every little bit, people don't actually do that.(usually) They
scan, pick out what they want and go right to it.

Having stuff scroll all the way to the right hinders that. If they don't
notice the horizontal bar they're never going to see the content. In
addition, now they have to scroll over to see it. It's easy to get lost
in a page doing things like that. If they get lost, you're done. They'll
just go somewhere else. There are like 50 million websites out there.
The next one's just a mouseclick away.

You could do something like this:

-----------------
| |
| |
| | <---- current pic
| |
| |
| |
----------------

-------
- -
- - <-- previous pic
- -
-------
Or something like that. You probably don't want a whole lot of...stuff
for lack of a better word since 1) The pics will take longer to load
(obviously) and 2) You don't want to distract from the overall effect of
the picture(s). That's all jmo, though, so take it or leave it as you
will.

Make sure that people can get back to the home page from any point in
the walkthrough. I know from my own experiences as a web user that if I
can't get back to the home page/page out of the loop from something like
that, I'm gone.

--
Starshine Moonbeam
mhm31x9 Smeeter#29 WSD#30
sTaRShInE_mOOnB eAm aT HoTmAil dOt CoM



Jul 23 '05 #9
AES/newspost <si*****@stanfo rd.edu> wrote:
Horizontal and/or vertical scanning with the keyboard arrow keys?? --
would be very nice (in my opinion, anyway).

Are there any HTML tags that will enable or activate key-driven vertical
or horizontal scanning on some or most browsers?


Huh? Hor scrolling with the cursor/arrow keys is pretty much standard on
Windows browsers, probably very slowly if the keyboard repeat rate
hasn't been maxed up though. On my system IE is slow regardless of a
maxed up keyboard repeat rate.

--
Spartanicus
Jul 23 '05 #10

This thread has been closed and replies have been disabled. Please start a new discussion.

Similar topics

4
19572
by: mr_burns | last post by:
Hi, Is it possible to disble horizontal scrolling using CSS? I want to try and use two backgrounds, one tiling vertically and part of the body background, which will not force scrolling, but one that will be part of a table stretching of to the right, which will force unwanted horizontal scrolling. How is this written in the stylesheet? Cheers Burnsy
2
2667
by: Just D. | last post by:
Does anybody know how to disable the horizontal scrolling on ASPX form? What JAVA script should be used for that? The standard methods don't help and I'm looking for some JAVA function to fire it onscroll event to scroll the page back. Actually it's a bug of ASPX pages, we can disable the vertical scrolling but horizontal scrolling works if we try it with the touchpad. The only one possible solution I see is to use JAVA scripting. Just D.
0
1228
by: Just D. | last post by:
I'm using the frame set as a combination of aspx and html pages. It works great but the I can't disable the horizontal scrolling. First time I found that I can make the main menu invisible sliding it off the current frame, it was interesting and I tried to block that. Doesn't help. I still can scroll in a horizontal direction any aspx frame and that's not funny. How can I disable it? It's not easy to get such effect using usual mouse...
0
1415
by: Dan Hinsley | last post by:
I just got one of the new Microsoft Mice that has a "tilt wheel" for horizontal scrolling. This works in a listbox in my VB.NET app, but doesn't work for a datagrid that does have a horizontal scroll bar. The same datagrid works with the wheel for vertical scrolling just fine. Is there something you have to do to catch the horizontal scroll events? Dan
0
1683
by: Eric | last post by:
Is there a way to turn off horizontal scrolling while leaving vertical scrolling for a TableLayoutPanel.
2
4227
by: Eduard | last post by:
I have a ASP.Net datagrid wrap in the following div: <DIV id="divPart2" style="OVERFLOW: hidden">. Another div controls the horizontal scrolling: <DIV id="scroll1" style="OVERFLOW: scroll; WIDTH: 800px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 17px" onscroll="javascript: document.getElementById('divPart2').scrollLeft = this.scrollLeft;"> scrolls the datagrid horizontally. When the horizontal scroll box is dragged or any of the scrollbar arrows is
3
5960
by: j0rd4n | last post by:
I have a user control that needs to allow vertical scrolling but not horizontal scrolling. In the user control's resize event, I need to adjust the size of all the children controls. For this to work correctly, I need the AutoScroll to not enable the horizontal scrollbar. After researching MSDN, I found the HScroll which can be used to disable horizontal scrolling when the AutoScroll mode is enabled. However, when I disable HScroll,...
2
7693
by: seajays | last post by:
Hi - I've managed to get this site working in Firefox and IE6, without any horizontal scrolling, but for some reason IE7 is insisting on horizontal scrolling by quite a wide margin. Does anyone have any pointers on what might be going on here? Site is at: http://tinyurl.com/36oznb/ Thanks, Colin.
2
5629
by: luker | last post by:
Hi Experts, I'm trying to create a panel-derived class with Autoscroll = true that scrolls horizontally when using <Shift>+Mousewheel. Sounds like a straight forward task, doesn't it? I tried this code:protected override void OnMouseWheel(MouseEventArgs e) { if ((Control.ModifierKeys & Keys.Shift) == Keys.Shift) { // Get original horizontal position int iHorizontalPosition = HorizontalScroll.Value;
0
8946
marktang
by: marktang | last post by:
ONU (Optical Network Unit) is one of the key components for providing high-speed Internet services. Its primary function is to act as an endpoint device located at the user's premises. However, people are often confused as to whether an ONU can Work As a Router. In this blog post, we’ll explore What is ONU, What Is Router, ONU & Router’s main usage, and What is the difference between ONU and Router. Let’s take a closer look ! Part I. Meaning of...
0
8776
by: Hystou | last post by:
Most computers default to English, but sometimes we require a different language, especially when relocating. Forgot to request a specific language before your computer shipped? No problem! You can effortlessly switch the default language on Windows 10 without reinstalling. I'll walk you through it. First, let's disable language synchronization. With a Microsoft account, language settings sync across devices. To prevent any complications,...
0
9310
jinu1996
by: jinu1996 | last post by:
In today's digital age, having a compelling online presence is paramount for businesses aiming to thrive in a competitive landscape. At the heart of this digital strategy lies an intricately woven tapestry of website design and digital marketing. It's not merely about having a website; it's about crafting an immersive digital experience that captivates audiences and drives business growth. The Art of Business Website Design Your website is...
1
9236
by: Hystou | last post by:
Overview: Windows 11 and 10 have less user interface control over operating system update behaviour than previous versions of Windows. In Windows 11 and 10, there is no way to turn off the Windows Update option using the Control Panel or Settings app; it automatically checks for updates and installs any it finds, whether you like it or not. For most users, this new feature is actually very convenient. If you want to control the update process,...
0
9182
tracyyun
by: tracyyun | last post by:
Dear forum friends, With the development of smart home technology, a variety of wireless communication protocols have appeared on the market, such as Zigbee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. Each protocol has its own unique characteristics and advantages, but as a user who is planning to build a smart home system, I am a bit confused by the choice of these technologies. I'm particularly interested in Zigbee because I've heard it does some...
1
6735
isladogs
by: isladogs | last post by:
The next Access Europe User Group meeting will be on Wednesday 1 May 2024 starting at 18:00 UK time (6PM UTC+1) and finishing by 19:30 (7.30PM). In this session, we are pleased to welcome a new presenter, Adolph Dupré who will be discussing some powerful techniques for using class modules. He will explain when you may want to use classes instead of User Defined Types (UDT). For example, to manage the data in unbound forms. Adolph will...
0
6031
by: conductexam | last post by:
I have .net C# application in which I am extracting data from word file and save it in database particularly. To store word all data as it is I am converting the whole word file firstly in HTML and then checking html paragraph one by one. At the time of converting from word file to html my equations which are in the word document file was convert into image. Globals.ThisAddIn.Application.ActiveDocument.Select();...
0
4809
by: adsilva | last post by:
A Windows Forms form does not have the event Unload, like VB6. What one acts like?
3
2180
bsmnconsultancy
by: bsmnconsultancy | last post by:
In today's digital era, a well-designed website is crucial for businesses looking to succeed. Whether you're a small business owner or a large corporation in Toronto, having a strong online presence can significantly impact your brand's success. BSMN Consultancy, a leader in Website Development in Toronto offers valuable insights into creating effective websites that not only look great but also perform exceptionally well. In this comprehensive...

By using Bytes.com and it's services, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

To disable or enable advertisements and analytics tracking please visit the manage ads & tracking page.