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    Does Scroll Bars (Verticle) on Site give bad impressions?

    Hello Sitepointers

    I would appreciate your feedback on the same at earliest.

    You may follow the link below as example on no scrolling (800 x 600 Res).

    http://www.twilsoft.com/html/aboutus.html

    Thanks in advance

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    I do not think so in all honesty. In fact vertical scrolling has been less and less of an issue for me personally since the advent of the scroll mouse.

    Prev 1/2/3/4/5 Next is more of an annoyance to me than vertical bars. I would love to see more sites giving you the option increase the results per page as a stored preference.

    Glen

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    I agree completely - scrolling down is much preferable to having to wait for a new page to load. Horizontal scrollbars should be avoided at all costs, but there's nothing wrong with vertical ones (especially when you realise that with different users having different resolutions / font size settings vertical scrollbars are almost impossible to avoid).

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    Ooops...

    That's what I get for not reading the question better. I voted YES because I thought this was asking about horizontal scrollbars.

    So minus the only yes (from me).
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    no i don't think it does or should give a bad impression... the issue is more whether you're able to give the user a sufficient view of the site without needing to scroll down first... nobody wants to see only the site logo and the navbar and then have to scroll down to see the actual content

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    It is a usability thing. This falls into 'Should I use frames category'. Yes, but only if you use them right. Side scrolling works but only on occasion.
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    i vote no for all the above reasons.

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    I actually don't like frames but I've seen the odd site that have used horizontal scrolling to great effect.

    So I suppose i would say if the design works i don't see a problem.


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    scrolling isn't a bummer as long as you keep the major content above the fold...

    however... pagination does help people to read your content... many users will come to a scrolling page and be freaked by the mass of text... by breaking it into bite size chunks with logical divisions you will get more folks to read the entire thing... its like setting small goals... or when you are reading in bed at night and you reach the end of the chapter... but you know the next chapter is only a few pages long so you can keep yourself going.

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    say its ok to scroll... one or two fullscreen is ok... but no more than three...

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    Originally posted by Skunk
    I agree completely - scrolling down is much preferable to having to wait for a new page to load. Horizontal scrollbars should be avoided at all costs, but there's nothing wrong with vertical ones (especially when you realise that with different users having different resolutions / font size settings vertical scrollbars are almost impossible to avoid).
    Here is an example of intential use of Horizontal scroll bars. I personally like the impliatation here.

    http://www.a-log.de/eivissa/main.htm#start

    I agree with Skunk, that Horizonatal bars should be avoided like the plague on conventital sites.

    But there is a place for them.


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    Vertical scrollbars - no problem!
    Horizontal scrollbars - no way!

    Horizontal scrollbars are extremely irritating for users to navigate, and will put off a significant proportion of your visitors from ever returning.

    Vertical scrolling is very natural for us (almost everything we read that is printed is taller than it is wide), and is facilitated by the scrollwheel on modern mice, making it easier than ever to browse a site.

    The only case in which I would consider using a horzontal scrollbar would be in a photo gallery, where you could scroll a slim frame containing thumbnails, and then click on one to load it into the main content frame. (Even in this case, a vertical slim frame might be better - it depends on the site layout and orientation of most of the images.)


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    Well, i am in favour of scrollbars in every right( vertical only). Well. as glen said, i dont think anyone likes going to next page. that wastes times and irritates us. SO Scrollbar are better. atleast they dont irritate. and scrolling isnt going to kill..
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    Originally posted by Chuckie
    Here is an example of intential use of Horizontal scroll bars. I personally like the impliatation here.

    http://www.a-log.de/eivissa/main.htm#start
    That's a nice use of horizontal scrolling. I was a bit over zealous in my original statement (nothing new there :P) - horizontal scrolling can be used to good effect in some (very rare) cases. Generally though it should be avoided.

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    Any more..!

    Hello friends..

    Any more suggestions on this, do let me know.

    Thanks and regards

    Nitin K
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    I would avoid scrolling bars of any kind on index pages, since users prefer a quick overview of those. On pages with lots of text (read: articles) I think vertical scrollbars are preferable to multiple pages, unless the article is enourmous.
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    I agree with most everyone who has already posted...vertical scrollbars are okay, but I most often prefer to leave them off the index page if at all possible. Horizontal scrollbars are totally annoying.

    Hope this helps!

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    Originally posted by Skunk
    That's a nice use of horizontal scrolling. I was a bit over zealous in my original statement (nothing new there :P) - horizontal scrolling can be used to good effect in some (very rare) cases. Generally though it should be avoided.
    That looks good, but what would be really good is:

    If there were no vertical, just horizontal scrollbars on a site, and a scroll wheel actually scrolled sideways. That wouldnt annoy me in cases like the example. But it would only be activated in there were no vertical scrollers.

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    My two cents:

    If you dislike

    (1) frames and their evil browser compatabiltiy baggage,

    and,

    (2) vertcial scroll bars on an index page.

    Consider a scrollable text box for any chunks of text that are giving you problems. Style is not an problem as CSS with z-index can allow for some pretty funky effects if that's your bag.

    Regards,

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