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20 Jul 2005 - 12:36
I've just read this Comment from Brenda M and my hair is on fire:
Hate to say it but I hate having to scroll sideways to read the comments. Just my pair o' pennies.
Is everyone else having this problem? Anyone else? Horizontal scrolling is one of the Top Ten Usability Mistakes (see mistake no. 3) in the known universe. So we have to fix it.
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I didn't want to say anything because I was so excited about the giganto comment box (Thanks Carolyn!!). But yes, I too must move my little mouse to the bottom scroll bar to read the posts. I just felt way too guilty saying anything about it. -- SusanS - 20 Jul 2005
OK, the Comments box is officially too wide. btw, what browser are you using? It's not too wide on Safari. In fact, it's just right. -- CatherineJohnson - 20 Jul 2005
And, on another happy note, I have just this moment discovered that I've mispelled usability EVERYWHERE. I've probably mispelled mispelled, too. But at least I didn't put it in any post titles. -- CatherineJohnson - 20 Jul 2005
misspell for future reference -- CatherineJohnson - 20 Jul 2005
I'm a Yahoo girl. I find it irritating and buggy, but I'm too lazy to do anything different. -- SusanS - 20 Jul 2005
Susan Thanks for being a mensch! But definitely let us know about any and all usability issues. Math is already a tough subject for plenty of parents (and teachers, no doubt) and if ktm is hard or just unpleasant to use--forget it. People aren't going to come, and if they do come, they won't stay. Plus when you add in all the ADHD-like brains surfing the web (I'm assuming there are a lot of us).....those folks are impatient. I know when I reach a site that trips me up, I just get exasperated and move on! Plus, think of it the way you think of the super-busy textbooks U.S. publishing companies put out. Those books are an active deterrent to my own efforts to learn math. Somebody said ktm is becoming 'encyclopedic,' which it kind of is......and nobody enjoys sitting down to read the encyclopedia. (Well, most of us don't enjoy sitting down to read the encyclopedia...) We want ktm to be as 'light on her feet' as a web site possible can be. If I could make the ktm 'interface' (is that the word) invisible--invisible in the sense that you see instantly, as soon as you come here, how to use it--I would! ktm's early adopters are serving as usability testers, and we're grateful. -- CatherineJohnson - 20 Jul 2005
I use Internet Explorer Version 6 and I need to do a lot of horizontal scrolling to read the comments. -- KtmGuest - 20 Jul 2005
Yikes! Sorry about this. I don't know what this site looks like on a lot of different browsers (cause I don't have a computer running Mac or WIndows). Is each paragraph appearing as one long line that doesn't wrap at all? Catherine, can you check on your IE and tell me what's causing the need to scroll horizontally? And Susan, when you say you're a Yahoo girl, do you mean that Yahoo has its own browser? (I never knew that). -- CarolynJohnston - 20 Jul 2005
The paragraphs wrap but the window is too wide requiring horizontal scrolling (with IE 6) -- KtmGuest - 20 Jul 2005
It's too wide, by about two or three words on my screen. I have Internet Explorer. I'm with Susan. I was so happy with the new space, I wasn't going to say anything either. And, Catherine, I don't mind being a 'usability tester'. You ladies are asking for input and making changes and improvements when it's needed. What more could I ask? -- CarolynMorgan - 20 Jul 2005
I have DSL Yahoo (SBC in IL) where you can have your Internet Explorer as your browser or their busy Yahoo one (I think. I am a computer idiot you know. I'll check with my neighbor who will straighten me out if I'm telling you wrong.) I lose a few words of each line also. When I scroll it centers it. My "Add comment" button is half all of the page. Remember when a lot of websites were like that? Oh, before I forget, Congratulations CarolynM?! -- SusanS - 20 Jul 2005
Wait a sec! Did this having to scroll sideways on the comments page only start AFTER I made the comments box bigger? Cause if so -- then it's the comments box that's the culprit, and all I have to do is make it smaller. -- CarolynJohnston - 20 Jul 2005
I think the Comments box is the problem. Unless I'm confused, the problem started instantly after you made it bigger. I THINK it only needs to be made narrower, not shorter. -- CatherineJohnson - 20 Jul 2005
I changed it. Is the horizontal scrolling problem gone? -- CarolynJohnston - 20 Jul 2005
Perfect now! Yay! Carolyn is indefatigable! (I hope I spelled that right especially since I saw nothing wrong with "mispelled.") -- SusanS - 20 Jul 2005