Horizontal scrolling to see photos? Problems with page width?

Discussion in 'Help and Feedback' started by Amin Sabet, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Some members may find that the forum page width is too wide to navigate without horizontal scrolling. This shouldn't be the case if your display is at least 1280px wide and/or you are using a mobile browser that automatically resizes everything (ie, iPhone, iPad, Android). However those on a desktop/laptop with a display 1024px wide or smaller may face this issue. One option is to resize the page using your browser - holding [CTRL] and [-] at the same time will usually accomplish this ([CMD] and [-] on a Mac).

    I installed another option - dedicated site styles for those using smaller displays. These won't completely eliminate horizontal scrolling issues for everyone, but they should minimize those issues for most people. To select one of these styles, scroll to the bottom left corner of any page and use the drop-down menu to select one of the styles that says "for smaller displays". What these styles do is reduce the maximum width of displayed images from 1024px (in the standard site styles) to 512px. With this change, the thread view should fit on an 800px-wide screen.
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Thanks Amin,
    I occasionally have had this issue and in the past and I just left the offending thread. Now I have another option.
     
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    There shouldn't be offending threads anymore because in the standard styles, images should be automatically limited to 1024px wide (previously could be wider). If you see a very wide embedded image (>1024px), please let me know so I can troubleshoot the automatic resizing.
     
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Here's an ULTRAwide to test it out. Man, I have spring fever. I can't wait for baseball season to start.
     
  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Keep in mind that the modification doesn't change the actual size of the image, so the file size is unchanged. It just changes how big the image appears on the so it doesn't break the page format. Eventually I'll probably add styles for very large/high res displays, but once people start posting 2048px images, etc, everyone with a slow connection will be impacted, so for now I'm limiting embedded images to 1024px display width.
     
  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    So I shouldn't link to a massive image because it'll load slower......got it.
     
  7. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Best not to routinely embed massive images. Linking to them is fine. For example, embed a 1024px image and then create a link so people who click on it get taken to a full-res version on Flickr won't make the page here load any slower.
     
  8. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Thanks, Amin! I have a small display by today's standards (1280) on the MBP, but sometimes have to scroll even when the embedded shot is 1024... those tend to push the right sidebar off the page. This will solve that, nicely. I must confess it isnt a HUGE issue, but this is a nice fix, anyway, and I am now using the smaller display theme.
     
  9. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Opera browser has a quick "adjust to page width" setting that I miss when I use other browsers.
     
  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Further to the previous post... I am *loving* the new theme, built for a smaller display. No more horizontal scrolling :) Perfect.
     
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