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Improvements to forum usability on small screens

Post by xantia_v6 » 31 Jul 2017, 16:44

I am looking into ways of improving the usability of the forum for members who are using small-screen devices such as phones.

I have made one change already, and that is to add some navigation buttons back into the small screen version of the site header. (you won't see any difference unless you are viewing on a phone or similar).

Let me know if you like this (or not).

I will also consider other suggestions for improving usability on small-screens.
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Re: Improvements to forum usability on small screens

Post by elma » 31 Jul 2017, 16:54

I like it. Maybe a little ugly but function over looks wins for me on this one.
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Re: Improvements to forum usability on small screens

Post by CitroJim » 31 Jul 2017, 17:08

That's good Mike... Looks OK and very functional on a Windows Phone :)

For me that makes it much easier to use...

As James says, it's not perfectly pretty but who cares. it's function that's important.

Thanks for what you have done here :)
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Re: Improvements to forum usability on small screens

Post by GiveMeABreak » 31 Jul 2017, 19:28

Actually it has had the opposite effect for me Mike. I have now lost my other stand alone menu options replaced with the shortcuts you have put and now I have to access the hamburger drop down even in landscape mode now to access the other features I use like the ACP that used to be there with all the other options. In other words, I did not get a hamburger menu previously as all options were visible. Now I have the few shortcuts you have made and everything else has disappeared back into a hamburger.
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Re: Improvements to forum usability on small screens

Post by xantia_v6 » 31 Jul 2017, 22:18

Sorry , a little regression bug crept in there, we lost the earlier fix for "request desktop site". It should be OK again now.
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Re: Improvements to forum usability on small screens

Post by GiveMeABreak » 31 Jul 2017, 22:32

👍 Sorted, thanks Mike
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Re: Improvements to forum usability on small screens

Post by xantia_v6 » 02 Aug 2017, 07:38

Any more feedback?

I would be interested to know which (if any) of the search buttons at the top right fo the header are actually used. Personally, I use "Actve Topics" all the time, but never the others.
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Re: Improvements to forum usability on small screens

Post by GiveMeABreak » 02 Aug 2017, 08:54

Mike, for me as you know I tend to use Landscape mode so I have all menu options available all the time. In Portrait mode though, I do use NEW POSTS, and also use the SEARCH button (which is also still shown in the hamburger).
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Re: Improvements to forum usability on small screens

Post by elma » 02 Aug 2017, 08:57

I use new posts, unread posts and search.
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Re: Improvements to forum usability on small screens

Post by Mandrake » 02 Aug 2017, 09:06

I use New Posts and Your Posts - the latter to quickly find any threads I've recently contributed to.
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Re: Improvements to forum usability on small screens

Post by elma » 02 Aug 2017, 09:49

Actually I use your posts a fair bit as well.
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Re: Improvements to forum usability on small screens

Post by xantia_v6 » 03 Aug 2017, 07:05

I have tried a different approach to this, and have now reinstated all of the header buttons in the small-screen mode, but to make them fit, the button text is truncated and padding reduced (depending on the screen size). It should display nicely on an Iphone 4 or anything larger.

What do you think?
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Re: Improvements to forum usability on small screens

Post by elma » 03 Aug 2017, 07:31

It's even more useful.
Maybe you could remove unanswered topics.
I can't imagine anyone uses that one.
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Re: Improvements to forum usability on small screens

Post by xantia_v6 » 03 Aug 2017, 07:49

elma wrote:
03 Aug 2017, 07:31
It's even more useful.
Maybe you could remove unanswered topics.
I can't imagine anyone uses that one.
xantia_v6 wrote:
02 Aug 2017, 07:38
Personally, I use "Acitve Topics" all the time, but never the others.
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Re: Improvements to forum usability on small screens

Post by elma » 03 Aug 2017, 08:03

Unanswered not active.
I know active is handy if its the only button you use.
Unanswered quite quickly goes back to to threads from 1800bc
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