Template talk:Newbar

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Overflow past the right side?[edit]

This depends a lot on your screen (or window) size. On 1280*1024 I have plenty of space on the right side with the current (and recent) newbars, I guess it's better to have some words cut off on small windows/screens, than not to mention them at all .... --Unci 18:59, 26 Nov 2005 (UTC)

I typically use 1024x768, since I don't have a 21 or 24 inch monitor to make text comfortably readable at any higher resolution. 800x600 is my usual target for a web page's minimum usable screen size these days. -- Siege 20:53, 26 Nov 2005 (UTC)
I guess the wikifur title page with its 4 columns (navigation + featured article + did you know + gooogle ads) just works at 800 width, but not anything narrower .... I am using a 19" LCD flatscreen here, the best thing if you have to work many hours .... no flicker or anything, and space on the desk :) --Unci 21:24, 26 Nov 2005 (UTC)
Resolution was something that was considered carefully when I redesigned the main page and community portal. Firstly, it is important to know the situation. Here are the latest screen resolution numbers from Goole Analytics (remember, if you want access to this stuff, just ask):
  • 800x600 - 4.1%
  • 1024x786 - 50.4%
  • 1152x864 - 6.0%
  • 1280x1024 - 21.6%
  • 1280x800 - 3.7%
  • 1600x1200 - 3.0%
  • 1280x960 - 2.5%
  • 1680x1050 - 2.1%
  • 1920x1200 - 1.3%
  • 1440x900 - 1.3%
As you can see, it is not really reasonable to limit ourselves to 800x600, as only a few users actually have it. I have made the lead text of the main page fit on those screens, and the layout does at least work as long as people don't choose pictures that are too big for the articles on the front page, but that's about as far as it goes - and, I think, as far as we should go. The vast majority of people have more space and we should make use of that.
This leads us to the bars. I styled them overflow: none because I knew they would at least overflow on 800x600 and I figured it was better for them to cut off than to scroll onto another line. I designed the Special bar on the Community Central specifically to cut off at a good point for these users. However, if there are more new pages than will fit on the bar at 1024, it may well make sense to add more than can be seen, even at this resolution. After all, the 1024 users (including myself) will not be missing anything we wouldn't already have gotten - this would just be extra information available to those with wider screens.
Ideally we would have bars that could scroll to the left or right as you mouseovered them, like the Channel 9 contributor list. We do have the ability to inject custom javascript and CSS and so this is theoretically possible, however I am not aware of any publicly-available scripts to do this. --GreenReaper(talk) 23:53, 26 Nov 2005 (UTC)


It's a pretty quick task to update this, and daily or every-other-day would be good, as we so frequently have new articles. -- Sine 19:02, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

I'd personally love to have a program do it. I tried doing it externally but got bogged down with logging into the site (or submitting non-logged-in edits). Maybe an extension would be a better idea . . . --GreenReaper(talk) 05:11, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Indeed, having this update automatically would be very nice. Tweaking for italics or redirects would be a minor task. -- Sine 05:39, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Any updates on this? I think it'd be a good idea to have for new pages. Spaz Kitty 17:43, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
No updates that I know of. I haven't looked in a while now - it may be that a new extension has made it possible. --GreenReaper(talk) 20:54, 25 January 2007 (UTC)