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Re^2: Major update to

by ELISHEVA (Prior)
on Jul 19, 2009 at 01:42 UTC ( #781393=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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I want to echo the concern about the 'floating' top bar, but from a slightly different angle. I am slightly dyslexic and the floating toolbar aggrevates a problem I already have following the flow of text lines.

To avoid losing my place in the text, I am in the habit of focusing on a particular position within the page and then scrolling to page to see additional lines (rather than reading down the page and then scrolling a whole pageful at a time when I hit the bottom). On the old perldoc site, I was in full control over how much text scrolled into view. This is not so for the new perldoc site layout.

Whether I focus on the top or middle of the page I seem to run into problems. If I focus on the top, the floating top bar has a habit of cutting lines of text in half (rather than moving line by line). If I focus on the middle, I sometimes notice that, from time to time, there is a rectangular region of text on the right (about 10 lines long and half a line wide) that seems to lag behind and momentarily refuse to scroll at that same time as the text to the left. There is little I can do to control this so my eyes have to jump back and forth sometimes skipping forward half a line and sometimes not. (In case this is a browser-specific issue, browser is Firefox: 3.0.11, Javascript enabled)

If there is a way to insure that the floating bar does not cut lines of text in half that might go a long way to making it more comfortable for certain readers. Otherwise, I think one should look at other ways to make "tools" accessible. Floating sidebars, perhaps?

Best, beth

Update:It appears the flicker in the middle is unrelated to the floating header. It also is only visible for certain usages of scrolling. To see it: keep your eye focused on the middle of the page and scroll using slide rather than page down, space or click - there is a box on the right that "wobbles", "flickers" as you scroll.

As for the floating header, if you are using firefox, you can remove it by installing the firefox extension Stylish and the style Pin the Perldoc Header down. Many, many thanks to the monks in the CB and especially hobbs who wrote the style. See -- keep the navigation header out of your way for more information.

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