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What are arguments against the usage of a ticker / marquee on websites?

Tickers are like carousels, but worse. Since you're asking for disadvantages, tickers are an antipattern because: The content is unpredictable for users. Users don't know how large the content is, ...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

Yes there should. Visible scroll bars are an affordance "this page is scrollable" Without visual hints such as this the functionality might be missed.
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

Some modern design guidelines certainly disprefer persistently-visible scrollbars, but not all. For example, in the Material Design guide, for menus, if a menu is scrollable, it should show a ...
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Why is it called the fold?

It's from print newspapers; back in the day when broadsheets were more common, they were usually presented folded in half vertically, so the most important part of the front page was the portion "...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

As a mouse user, I abhor scrollable content that doesn't give me a view of and access to scroll bars. The scroll bar is a control. It allows me to quickly navigate large pages no amount of finger-...
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Why is it called the fold?

It comes from newspapers which are folded in half. Above the fold refers to content that is visible without unfolding or turning the newspaper over to see the 2nd half. This term was adapted to ...
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What are arguments against the usage of a ticker / marquee on websites?

This is just my opinion, but it's an answer. Tickers, or marquees, where you see them, tend to inhabit small spaces. Whether that's across the front of a cinema, the back of a police car or on a ...
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Why do websites toggle header visibility on scroll?

Why is nav-menu visible when you are scrolling up? In content focused sites and pages, the users expect to scroll down if there is an engagement. If user is not scrolling down but up, it can be ...
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How to make horizontal scroll obvious?

I think that the idea of an item partially visible (sol 1) is nowadays something acquired (it comes from windows metro UI, back in 2010!). In my opinion to make it look less bugged you should try to ...
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Is scroll within a card good or bad? (In desktop)

Desktop: You can use expand and scroll methods. According to Material Design: On desktop, card content can expand and scroll internally Mobile: Don't use a scroll inside the card, instead expand ...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

This viewpoint comes primarily from the Mac environment, where scrollbars are typically displayed briefly when content first appears, then fade out. When scrolling occurs (user triggered or otherwise),...
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Why do websites toggle header visibility on scroll?

Mobile focused design This sometimes called the scroll up bar and is a product of mobile-focused design. It is a compromise between having a fixed navigation bar that is always on screen and flowing ...
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What are arguments against the usage of a ticker / marquee on websites?

Scrolling text can be a barrier to accessibility, so much so that WCAG requires that you provide a control that allows the user to pause, stop, or hide the moving content (SC 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide). ...
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How usable are bars that disappear / reappear on scroll?

The straightforward answer to this is: it depends. But compared to the sticky bar, it is hard to fail the pit bar. Terminology Static bar - is a (navigation) bar that scrolls with the rest of the ...
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How to make horizontal scroll obvious?

I think Marco T's answer is an excellent solution for your first option. I'd like to offer a solution for your second suggestion Give a arrow pointing on the right and when user taps on it, the ...
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About fullscreen scrolling webpages

This design loses all novelty the instant you realize it's a slideshow. However, as a slideshow, it wins in these areas: having a single direction to swipe/scroll makes it easier to figure out "...
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The best scroll direction | Apple v.s. Windows

There’s no “right” way. It’s all in the analogy. The Touch Screen Analogy When you use a touch screen, the scrolling behavior is intuitive — it’s like you put your finger on the actual content and ...
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Why is it called the fold?

The history of the term "Above the fold" comes from newspapers where the articles at the top were most visible when the newspaper was folded. To quote this Wikipedia article Above the fold is the ...
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What are arguments against the usage of a ticker / marquee on websites?

As a corollary to both @tohster and @Matt Obee's very nice answers, there is an additional consideration: Tickers remove control from the person viewing the information Someone who is trying to read ...
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Why do websites toggle header visibility on scroll?

Many people do this because other people do this and no other reason. Their purported reason might be to give maximum space to their content while minimizing the header which they read about ...
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With infinite scrolling/pagination, how should I handle the user loading page 2, but there being new content on page 1?

The simplest way would be to let the user know that new content is available. These can be found in many different applications that dynamically load new content. For example say, the user has ...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

The removal of scroll bars in my view is another example of the idiotic and shallow ideology of putting style over functionality. This is back to front to how it should be and is indicative of the ...
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How do Windows users interact with scrolling panes?

Apple removed scrollbars from appearing, unless in use, from viewports in 2011 with the release of Lion, immediately sparking multiple articles about how to get them back. The usability rationale and ...
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UI pattern to hint at important content outside of viewport

Destiny won a Platinum award for UI design. This is the method they implemented to show there was something interesting offscreen: It tracks around the screen as the camera spins, appearing on the ...
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Usability Concerns with Parallax Scrolling

See: (a) Frederick D., Mohler J., Vorvoreanu M., Glotzbach R. (2015) The effects of parallax scrolling on user experience in web design, Journal of Usability Studies, 10 (2), 87-95: http://...
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How to make horizontal scroll obvious?

My recommendation is don’t use horizontal scrolling. Use left-right swipes instead. Generally speaking, users know to scroll vertically, and they know to swipe horizontally. The metaphor is scrolling ...
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What is the best way to tell users to scroll down in browsers?

First of all, you should not end a page at blank spaces. You should end them at the top portion of the next page's first section. Use scroll icons such as this: to inform the user about the ...
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UI pattern to hint at important content outside of viewport

This is called a Contextual Notification. It does not require the user to take action but informs them of something. It announces a significant event while not requiring something from the user nor ...
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Best practice for scroll bars in a browser on iPad

How about using a multi-step form? It looks like you're essentially already doing this, just with an accordion. Source - Omkar Bailkeri This would ensure the user always knew they could scroll (gotta ...
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