Intuitive "Popup" Scrollbars

Jo-Erlend Schinstad joerlend.schinstad at
Sat Aug 16 17:39:59 UTC 2008

2008/8/16 Thorsten Wilms <t_w_ at>

> On Sat, 2008-08-16 at 16:07 +0200, Jo-Erlend Schinstad wrote
> > And I really do like it.  I think a lot of people, including myself,
> > like the page
> > up/down function of the traditional scrollbar though.Perhaps that
> > could be done
> > using a right-click on the arrows, for up or down for instance?
> That would avoid clashing with the main functionality, but I'm uneasy
> about using right click for things other than context menus. I even
> added one with items for jumping to start or end :)
> I also consider bookmarking through that context menu.

You mean you want to have a context menu on the scrollbar?
That would be confusing, I think. It is really important that the
scrollbar remains a simple widget and not stuffed with options.

There is another "problem". If the pointer is above the scrollbar,
then you cannot scroll to the top, and vice versa. Perhaps,
when you begin to drag, the pointer should snap to the bar and
be hidden? When you click and drag the normal scrollbar, the
pointer is visible and you get the /feeling/ of having to watch
horisontal movement, even though that's not necessary. And if
you drag horisonally, you see the pointer dragging over items
in the content area, which is distracting. If you implement this,
I suggest changing the colour of the scrollbar when dragging
as a visual notification to the user.

Just a couple of cents..

Jo-Erlend Schinstad
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