On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 5:37 PM, Cary Bass
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On 06/15/2010 02:30 AM, Magnus Manske wrote:
since there's already several million iPad (and soon, other
tablet) users out there, I thought I'd try one in the Apple store
to see what Wikipedia looks/feels like. Generally, I think it's
very nice, with one exception. In "portrait" mode, the sidebar
takes up a lot of real estate. Especially when you scroll down a
long page, there's this annoying white bar on the left that serves
no real purpose. Also, IMHO, it destroys that "book feeling" that
would fit so well with the iPad.
So I wrote a quick JS hack that /should/ hide the sidebar on the
iPad. Instead, it shows an icon in the top left corner that, when
"finger-clicked", will show the sidebar again, in case you really
Demo (on Commons, because of the "withJS" option there):
Now, that should /only/ work on the iPad. Could someone please
this and tell me if it's an improvement. On
image pages it
probably doesn't matter a lot, but more text-laden pages like
it should make a visible difference.
If it is as good as I suspect, we could use it by default on the
Wikipedias etc. There's lots of room for improvement; maybe the
sidebar could appear when switching to landscape mode (as in the
mail app). The usability experts may want to take a look :-)
According to my local
iPad <s>cultist</s> enthusiast, it works.
Thanks! Any feedback on whether it's better or not?
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