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in kinetic displays, scrolling is sliding text, images or video across a monitor or display

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Is scrolling better than clicking to reveal more content?

Which is faster? Scrolling down or clicking a button to reveal more content? Currently, our site requires clicking of page numbers to reveal more content. We have 9 channels per page, which fits on ...
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Is infinite scrolling justifiable?

Recently I've noticed a new trend in user interfaces. Facebook and Twitter do this, and I've come across it on other random, less famous sites. However, to keep things simple, I'll just use Facebook ...
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How usable are bars that disappear / reappear on scroll?

From http://usabilitypost.com/2014/05/24/the-scroll-up-bar/: A design pattern that is currently growing more popular is the fixed position bar at the top of the page. Sometimes the bar stays the ...
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What affords scrolling?

Besides the obvious: Scrollbar Touch interfaces (especially mobile ones) A sign saying "You can scroll here you know!" This for a desktop application.
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Scrollbar on the left

Is there a deep study that suggests to place a scrollbar on the right? Personally I move it to the left whenever possible (Firefox allow this, as well as xterm and emacs). I know that placing a ...
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In what situations would pagination be perferable over scrolling on the iPhone?

In the case of displaying blocks of text I know that the majority of applications on the iPhone support scrolling. Notable exceptions are ebook apps like iBooks and the Kindle app. Is the decision ...
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iPhone & Mobile Web: Pagination vs. Load more vs. Scrolling

We're working on a iPhone app and mobile website with search results loaded from the web. Several sorting options are available, every result has a photo. There are potentially hundreds of results. I ...
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Have the attitude changed the last ten years on horizontal scrolling on web sites?

Often cited usability guru Jakob Nielsen wrote the article “Top Ten Web-Design Mistakes in 2002” and placed on no 3 Horizontal Scrolling as a Web Design mistake with the motivation: Users hate ...
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Why are nested elements scrolled to the opposite direction?

My question is about scrolling conventions, and spatial scroll conventions in general (even here it's only horizontal, but same applies for vertical scrolling). Looking at the below mockup, why is it ...
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Scrolling without scrollbars

I'm developing a system which will only be used by trained operators. Along the side is a live feed of new records coming in to the system, which is designed specifically to be used at fullscreen in ...
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Long scrolling form or 3 compact pages?

I have a form with three sections, each with about a dozen fields: General Product Information Product Details Shipping Options Should I place all sections on a single page (thereby forcing the user ...
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Are custom scroll bars easier to use or do they just look “nice”?

I've noticed that a lot of webapps have started using custom scroll bars. A few examples include Facebook, Trello, Google Docs, and Twitter. I'm sure you can think of some more: How do these types of ...
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What do you call websites that make heavy use of vertical scrolling?

This question is similar to Why did scrolling vertically became a pattern? I see a lot of modern websites moving to larger, singular pages with more content and more vertical scrolling. This is often ...
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Should I disable google maps scroll wheel zoom?

In most applications of google maps the scroll wheel will zoom the map instead of scrolling it. Personally I find this confusing, and after years of using google maps, both on the google maps web ...
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How to handle very long accordions?

I have condensed a rather long list of items into an accordion so that only the titles are initially visible and the accordion expands to show the details. The list contains the main content of the ...
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How can the classic footer elements be integrated into an infinite scrolling layout?

Infinite Scrolling is a fairly new and effective way to display practically infinite amounts of data in a user's window, but one page element simply does not suit itself to this method; the footer. A ...
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natural/reverse scrolling usability studies

I am wondering whether there are any usability studies out there regarding natural vs. reverse (traditional) scrolling. I tried to google the matter a bit and it seems natural scrolling took off with ...
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Is it good for user to auto-hide scroll?

The scroll bar is hidden on MacBook if the user doesn't move the mouse for some time. This pattern is also used in other devices too, for example Android devices. The scroll bar does not take much ...
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Should users be forced into a responsive design (without the ability to opt out)?

There is nothing worse than getting automatically redirected to a mobile version of a site, and not having (or not easily finding) a "view normal site" link. It's not just that the mobile site is a ...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead in 2020?

I recently heard a designer say something to the effect that modern web designs don't use visual scrollbars - or at least they're only visible when scrolling. I'm a front-end developer and hadn't ...
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What are arguments against the usage of a ticker / marquee on websites?

I was recently asked to add a ticker (with daily updates) to one of our HTML-based dashboards. (A ticker would be text scrolling through the screen. In the past you could achieve something like that ...
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About fullscreen scrolling webpages

There are recently many websites using full screen scrolling pages since Apple launched their own with the iPhone 5C. (website not available anymore, but a reproduction can be found here) Some other ...
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Why did scrolling vertically became a pattern?

Why do most of today's websites, especially news and blogs, use mostly vertical scrolling? Also why has it become a pattern, that the more you scroll down you find older material, rather than ...
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'Scrolling divs' in mobile land. Yea or nay?

An interesting problem/challenge came up this week where some mobile designs requested a part of the screen be scrollable. This is quite common on desktop sites--typically a little scrolling box for ...
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Page fold: myth or reality?

Do users scroll? I read a blog published last year from CX partners that suggests that you do not need to worry about the page fold at all and that users scroll. Although they give valid points and ...
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Why do webpages scroll vertically instead of horizontally?

It is a common convention that webpages scroll up and down instead of right to left, but all printed material that's not written on rolls of toilet paper 'scrolls' horizontally. Why did the web break ...
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Should scrolling in a textbox overflow to scrolling a page?

When entering long sections of text into a textbox in a browser (such as when using gmail or a site like this) we can scroll within that textbox, which is as it should be. However, the behaviour of ...
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Is there any actual data about websites using parallax scrolling?

There are a LOT of opinions and personal anecdotes about parallax scrolling websites, but there seems to be very little actual data. So can anyone share the results of user testing a parallax website?...
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Drag n drop on touch devices

I notice that touch apps rarely make use of the "drag n drop" (dnd) idiom, and instead dragging is almost always used for scrolling. Is there a reason for this? Is it confusing or "wrong" to use dnd ...
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What are the pros and cons of mixing horizontal scrolling with vertical scrolling?

I'm working on a new site for a company. We are working on a new concept for them, using horizontal and vertical scrolling. We know that the users that interact with the sites are advanced users so a ...
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Android - Is it a good idea to display a list of horizontally scrollable lists (shelves)?

The project I'm currently working on requires that I present a list of "shelves" to the user. These shelves need to be in a standard, vertically scrollable list, and each shelf should be scrollable ...
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In Excel, how do you make it clear that a pane is frozen?

I'm making a reporting application in Excel. On some sheets, I have multiple rows of header that I want to keep visible at all times. So, naturally, I'm using Excel's Freeze Panes feature to freeze ...
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Why is a scrollable bottom tab bar discouraged?

Why is horizontal scrolling in a bottom tab bar commonly discouraged? Both iOS and Android guidelines discourage it. And for some reason scrolling navigation is sometimes okay at the top? (Android ...
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How do Windows users interact with scrolling panes?

Let's say there's a website with a row of gallery thumbnails you can click on. It looks like this: As a Mac user having always used either some sort of trackpad (built into the MacBook, or a Magic ...
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Navbars that hide when scrolldown and show when scrolling up

I've noticed this trend on several popular websites (linkedin, Google+) and personally really dislike it. I'm wondering what other people's experiences are. Basically, there's a navbar on the top of ...
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When do you apply a persistent navigation - is there a minimum page length?

We have pages where it is a very long list of products (often using infinite scrolling), which a persistent navigation would be a very useful device. However, what about shorter pages that are long ...
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Should Twitter's official clients invert the scroll direction on some screens?

Twitter's official clients on some platforms (iOS, OSX) invert the scroll direction when reading DMs and @replies from a specific person. Is this the best UX in your opinion, or is it just confusing? ...
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How many items in a carousel should be shown to the user at a glance?

Is there any recommendation or best practice? The context is that of a web application running on desktops. The number of items is variable ranging from 4 to around 10.
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How to decide whether to paginate or scroll?

This game-related app is navigated through the sidebar, and there are tabs that in the main section to further navigate an area. In the 'Updates' tab (shown), I am questioning how much information ...