Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Dec 2009 19:52 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces For as long as I can remember, I've been having issues with scrolling in Windows and its applications. When scrolling via dragging the scroll blob, it seemed as if Windows had the annoying habit of randomly resetting your scroll blob to its starting position, which irritated me to no end. It took me a while to figure out, but I finally know when this behaviour occurs - now I just need to know: why?!
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Focus
by malxau on Thu 10th Dec 2009 20:06 UTC
malxau
Member since:
2005-12-04

Thom, this article raises one valid and well defended point, that yanking a scroll "blob" up or down and moving the mouse beyond the length of the scrollbar should not reset position.

Before getting there, it throws in a couple of unsubstantiated opinions defended not by logic but rhetoric (location of up/down boxes, behavior when clicking in scrollbar) that don't add to your argument. Probably you're losing readers before they get to the end. This is not good journalism.

(Written from OSX with up/down arrows configured to be at opposite ends of the scrollbar.)

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RE: Focus
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 10th Dec 2009 20:09 in reply to "Focus"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

It's clearly tongue-in-cheek. We take stuff like this way too seriously.

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RE[2]: Focus
by Laurence on Thu 10th Dec 2009 22:03 in reply to "RE: Focus"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

It's clearly tongue-in-cheek. We take stuff like this way too seriously.


There's a bug in XP where you can actually make the scroll area hotspot colours invert:

IIRC its done by left clicking one arrow then right click which still pressing the left mouse button down.

Then repeat the process on the reverse arrow.

Now, when you drag the scroll bar, the hotspot inverts

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RE[2]: Focus
by mightshade on Thu 10th Dec 2009 23:36 in reply to "RE: Focus"
mightshade Member since:
2008-11-20

I agree with malxau. As I wrote somewhere before, personally I prefer articles that stay factual, but I can tolerate those that don't.
Tongue-in-cheek is fine, but you shouldn't overdo it. And almost the whole first half of this entry being in Maddox mode clearly is overdone, for my taste. Starting with "Dear diary" would fit this article perfectly. ;) Please, less of that.

Edited 2009-12-10 23:38 UTC

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RE[2]: Focus
by shawnjgoff on Fri 11th Dec 2009 20:02 in reply to "RE: Focus"
shawnjgoff Member since:
2008-05-02

It was clearly tongue-in-cheek, but I still thought you were an idiot for having that opinion.

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RE: Focus
by smashIt on Thu 10th Dec 2009 21:31 in reply to "Focus"
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

Thom, this article raises one valid and well defended point, that yanking a scroll "blob" up or down and moving the mouse beyond the length of the scrollbar should not reset position.


and here on win 7 it doesn't do it
and i've never seen experienced it
but the reset when movieng away to the side is realy annoying

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RE[2]: Focus
by hyriand on Fri 11th Dec 2009 10:35 in reply to "RE: Focus"
hyriand Member since:
2006-04-03

Windows 7 does do it here... But not on all applications: Internet Explorer 8 doesn't do it, Outlook 2007 doesn't do it, Chrome does do it as does Notepad++.

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