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revised What are lightbox / modal window UI best practices for viewing full-sized images in a gallery?
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answered To scroll down or to use thumbnails, that's the question…while building a web portfolio interface.
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comment What are lightbox / modal window UI best practices for viewing full-sized images in a gallery?
I've considered the next/previous control function. Should this go hand-in-hand with a pre-loading function for the full-sized images? Pre-loading might be a little burdensome for the server, but - if a user is clicking next/previous buttons, is this a fair indication that they are interested in seeing most of the pictures, thus making pre-loading a worthwhile function?
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comment What are lightbox / modal window UI best practices for viewing full-sized images in a gallery?
For the unicolor background, although I'd prefer that, I did read somewhere that if the page isn't at least partially visible behind the lightbox, people might think it's a new webpage / they might click the back button on the browser. Re mouse movement activated controls - nifty idea, thanks, I'll look into the code for that.
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comment What are lightbox / modal window UI best practices for viewing full-sized images in a gallery?
My website is not a social media site though. The [X] button seems like the most subtle close button, but I'm still hesitant about adding it. If it's too subtle won't it be a chore for the user to have to search for it on the page? I figured that if the user wants to close the lightbox, one of their first instincts would be to try clicking somewhere outside the lightbox (currently in my lightbox that does work to close it). The "Esc" to close is a good idea though, it's invisible and intuitive, so I'll figure out a way to add that, thanks!
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comment What are lightbox / modal window UI best practices for viewing full-sized images in a gallery?
I know it's not a unique solution, and I have seen the pre-made lightbox scripts but didn't want to use any of them. I wasn't asking for a script to use-- I was asking for guidelines for best practices for lightbox UI design for this particular use (viewing full-sized images on a visual art portfolio). I've searched for lightbox design best practices but I've mostly found only articles about lightbox design in general (mostly for things like filling up forms, logging in, etc.).
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