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From Anne Kathrine Petteroe <>
Subject Re: [UI] Browser Resizing
Date Fri, 06 Feb 2009 11:30:17 GMT
Does anyone have the link to Bill's document still?
I cannot find it anywhere...


On 6. feb.. 2009, at 11.25, Darren Hague wrote:

> Hi Anne,
> I agree with your analysis - I think that the size of a window is  
> the user's decision, not the application's. While it may be OK  
> sometimes for a desktop application to size itself, I think you are  
> right in pointing out that this is a bad idea for a browser-based  
> app.  Of course, the app may work better or worse at any given size,  
> but ideally it should deal gracefully with resizing by the user.
> Cheers,
> Darren
>> Hi,
>> before we move on with the development of a new web UI, I would like
>> to comment on the use of browser resizing.
>> Based on the drawings in Bill's document, it looks like the UI will  
>> be
>> living in it's own browser window to work best.
>> When I look at the design it looks like it is sometimes not a full
>> browser window but more like  a floating box in a broswer window to  
>> me.
>> See "The Shrunken  Window" chapter for instance.
>> I see a possible problem with a UI that runs in a separate browser
>> window. Most modern browsers (FF, IE7+, etc) use tabs.
>> Most users have learned to use multiple tabs rather than multiple
>> browser instances.
>> Therefore, resizing the entire browser window based on ESME-related
>> changes would cause problems with the other applications that are in
>> that browser instance.
>> The problem for me with this is that I would never use a UI which
>> needs a seperate window. (unless I am forced to use IE6)
>> My browser window is always set to 1024px with at any given time at
>> least 5 open tabs. Google Reader, gmail, twitter and SDN are the four
>> services I *always* have open as tabs.
>> I would like to see a UI which doesn't affect the size of my browser
>> window, which means in any give state is no wider than 1024 px.
>> What do others say about this issue?
>> /Anne
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