[Epiphany] Re: Statusbar
- From: "David Adam Bordoley" <bordoley msu edu>
- To: Marco Pesenti Gritti <mpeseng tin it>
- Cc: Lee Willis <lwillis plus net>, epiphany mozdev org, Igor Lev <hyperf earthlink net>
- Subject: [Epiphany] Re: Statusbar
- Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 10:23:19 -0400
Marco Pesenti Gritti writes:
> I think fullscreen should have a "fixed" layout.
> Somthing like:
> Back Forward Stop Reload Home Location Spinner
> I dont feel secure/unsecure important there ... I dont use it all time.
> On the few sites where I'm interested to that info I can just keep it in
> normal mode.
I think the main issue is why use fullscreen over a maximized window. With
the exception of people on exceptional low resolution monitors (640x480) I
can see little benefit for the extra screen space. Fullscreen prevents the
user from easily multitasking, and is somewhat reminiscent of the old
single-tasking dos (one application at a time) interface. So my basic
premise is that for everyday browsing fullscreen has no benefit over
Ok so why use fullscreen. I've only come up with two use cases: HTML based
presentations and web kiosks. I think both of these are important, but agree
with marco that they need to be handled in a different manner.
Presentations require a very limited interface. Many interface elements are
just not needed, this includes imo, the statusbar, tabs, menubar. I think it
can even be argued that the toolbar is actually unneeded here, because most
web based presentations tend to provide their own navigational controls
inline. When you give a presentation you want the audience to concentrate on
your presentation, not your web browser, so limiting to the greatest extent
possible the amount of onscreen chrome is very important.
Kiosks provide a different challenge. I don't think that ephy is really up
to the task yet actually. Kiosk mode requires that admins be able to
strictly control all interface elements in the ui, they should be able to
disable almost all features and meld the browser towards their needs. For
instance, a kiosk user will want to disable all configuration options
(toolbars, prefs etc.). They may also want to disable specific context menus
etc. This needs alot of thought.
Hope my comments are useful.
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