Click to enlarge

25 Aug 2009 - 6:30am
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Atul Thanvi

If we talk about a new online user than a link should be in text form
as "click here to enlarge" or any similar textual indication.

For a regular online user : We can use more interactive icons /
buttons or symbols to indicate them that he needs to click here for
the related action.....

But still some kind of textual indication should be there because
some users may use text based browser or may not even see images on
normal browsers also due to slow internet speed. So according to
standards the links should be represented in a textual form to make
it accessible for every type of user.

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25 Aug 2009 - 8:56am

You might also consider how much value the user will get from
enlarging pictures. Having the ability to enlarge pictures on a site
does not necessarily mean every visitor will want to use the
functionality, or on every photo. I would weigh the benefit of
clearly identifying pictures that can be enlarged against the risk of
cluttering the page highlighting a feature that may only be used

In particular, considering people using screen-readers...a certain
percentage of them may be blind, and they may require (at most) a
description of the image to put it in context with the article
you're displaying.

Guess it depends on your site's purpose. If it's a photo-sharing
web site, you might have a note at the top of each page indicating
that each picture can be enlarged by clicking on it, then a
hover-over reminder of same. If it's a news-based web site, you
might just use the hover-over, on the principle that folks are there
for more than just picture-browsing.

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25 Aug 2009 - 7:36pm
Diana Wynne

How about using an explicit zoom button, rather than going into zoom
mode from clicking anywhere on the image?

An image is a big, appealing target, especially in a sea of text. It
sounds like it would easy to click it accidentally. Lots of e-commerce
sites use magnifying glass buttons (or a button that says "Enlarge").


On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 9:03 PM, Lizz wrote:
> Hello,
> I was wondering if you have any thoughts on usability best practices
> for clicking on a picture to enlarge it.
> The context is a newspaper-type article (as opposed to a gallery or
> photo site - which, I think, is an important difference in regard to
> user expectations), and it's one where the image opens on top of the
> article, blacking out the rest of the screen (like with Picassa).  To
> return to the article and browser, you must close the image.
> Some examples I've seen seem to take you by surprise and take
> control out of the users hands.
> Because this is neither a traditional pop up nor a new tab/window, it
> makes me wonder whether a mouse over effect is enough to indicate that
> it's clickable and/or if the the text "click to enlarge" is
> necessary/sufficient to indicate the type of interaction that is to
> come.  Maybe it's just a question of getting used to seeing this
> type of image?
> Is there an icon that people have seen to work? (e.g. the "+"
> sign).
> And finally, how good/bad can this type of increasingly common
> interaction be for accessibility?
> Many thanks for your thoughts!
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