Resizing of Application Windows and Data, OK or not?
20 Feb 2007 - 3:04pm
7 years ago
Question concerning standards for resizing of application windows:
I'm working on a Java application which has a variety of graphs shown in a
main application window. The widgets are fairly complex and spatial
arrangement of their features, and the graphs relative to each other are
necessary for rapid comprehension of the data. Currently when this window is
resized (say across multiple monitors) it stretches all of the content the
full 100% width, which distorts the interface and spreads out widgets which
should be grouped more tightly.
So, bearing in mind that Web UI standards and Application UI standards are
starting to merge, I have heard a number of arguments for screen resizing
from both the application/web camps:
1) always resize to user's choice in width. This gives the user control over
presentation, supports small screen widths, enhances accessibility?)
2) always hard-code in a width so that widgets are sized in an aesthetically
pleasing and usable manner, and are properly positioned on the page. The
width should not be too large so that smaller screen resolutions can still
see the whole page without scrolling. (usually 800 pixels I think, maybe
3) there seems to be a compromise here which is: set a hard-minimum and
hard-maximum width. Screen elements resize within that, but not past it.
This means there is some movement and "play" in the layout, but it doesn't
allow the interface to be distorted into an unusable layout.
Jeff Axup Ph.D. Candidate - University of Queensland, Brisbane,
Principal Consultant, Mobile Community Design Consulting