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Monday, April 13, 2015

A small facelift

Sou | 11:39 PM Go to the first of 23 comments. Add a comment

I've been making a few minor changes to the blog, like the "go to top" arrow on the side and scroll bar down the bottom, and other cosmetic changes. I've still got a couple of things to change on the mobile version, though it should still be working the way it is.

I've tested things as far as I'm able, but if anyone notices any glitches when navigating the site or commenting, please let me know.

23 comments:

Harry Twinotter said...

It appears more responsive, on my computer anyway. Previously I would try to scroll and there was a noticeable jumpiness.

Anonymous said...

A minor detail which I find annoying is when clicking on Comments it jumps to the end of the comments instead of starting at the beginning. Not sure that is fixable.

Sou said...

Good suggestion. You've now got the best of both worlds :)

Victor Venema said...

I dunno about the others, but on my small laptop "the scroll bar down the bottom" takes away precious space and I know the key combination to go the top by heart.

Sou said...

How small is your laptop, Victor? Is the problem in typing or reading? (The bar is semi-transparent. I can probably make it more so, or make it narrower.)

KatyD said...

I like it. But because I tend to navigate via 'recent comments' I'd prefer this above 'latest articles'. I like the scroll up arrow but then have to scroll back down again to get to recent comments. Maybe move language option down too?

BBD said...

I'm somewhat with VV on this. The interface has all the controls necessary, from scrollbar to key_combo and minimalism is important in interface design. Workspace is king. Just ask John Mashey, who has 9 screens to my humble two :-)

Sou said...

I've tried it narrower, but if you still don't like it I'll remove it and just leave the side arrow. (I need two hands to get to the top via the keyboard - the fn key on the left and an arrow on the right. Or one click of the bar or arrow - one of them is staying :D)

Sou said...

Comments are better than the articles? [Sobs quietly]

The language option stays up top - there are visitors from a lot of different countries. Happy to move the comments higher - is there another vote for that?

KatyD said...

noooo, not better, just easier to check what the current hot topics are.

Sou said...

Just for you, Katy :)

Unknown said...

Thanks!

Sou said...

The bottom "scroll to top" bar is gone. The "scroll to top" side arrow is still there for those who like it (like me)

FLwolverine said...

Thank you, Sou. I often use your Blog Roll to link to other sites (after thoroughly reading HW of course) and that new index makes it very easy.

Anonymous said...

Love it. Works very nicely on my android tablet.
Billy the Mountain

Anonymous said...

And on my phone
BtM

KatyD said...

Fabulous. Thank you.

Victor Venema said...

For me with my A4 computer this is better. Thanks.

How did you get an extra link to the top of the comments. This is a blogger blog, right? I want that a well.

Sou said...

Which links are you talking about, Victor? The ones at the top of the RHS sidebar or the ones at the top of the blog article, to the right?

(The sidebar ones are easier than the ones on the top of the comments.)

Victor Venema said...

I had not noticed the new side bar item. I was thinking of the difficult links at the top of the blog article. I program a little HTML and CSS.

Sou said...

I'll do an article explaining in the next few days. I modified some code from another blogger. (It's coded for XML - which is what the blog is.)

Victor Venema said...

:) I already thought you did some crazy tricks like that. Would that post also include tips on how to moderate/edit comments like Wordpress bloggers can? My guess is that that also needs XML editing, right?

Sou said...

No, I don't know of anyone who has developed anything like that for blogger. Not that I've seen. I doubt it's possible or someone would have done it.

Once you post a comment it's either there or it's deleted. The only workaround is deleting it, adding your own comments, and reposting it. Far too much work under normal circumstances. And fiddly. (I've done it only once or twice - to keep a comment in line with the comment policy.)