Re: [IxDA] View larger images on web site - which is better: Link to gallery files or lightbox?

18 Jun 2010 - 8:22am
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tkholmes
2010

I hope I understood your question: you're looking for an apparent way for users to understand that a larger version of an image is available?

I think that most people are familiar with the "expand" functions on video sites - especially youtube and hulu.

There's usually a small symbol at the bottom right that looks like a box, and there are arrows pointing out diagonally from each corner, or a "broken" frame that accent only the corners of the small box.

Anytime I see that symbol or something like it, I automatically assume that I can click it to expand whatever I'm seeing.

You can see this in action on both Youtube and hulu. Hulu's symbol is on the dynamic bar @ the right of the video.

------Original Message------ From: ingjerd Sender: ixdaor@host.ixda.org To: Terrell Holmes ReplyTo: discuss@ixda.org Subject: [IxDA] View larger images on web site - which is better: Link to gallery files or lightbox? Sent: Jun 18, 2010 1:59 AM

We are discussing how to let users view larger images of an image posted on
to an article. We are considering several options, but the fundamental
question is about the basic behaviour:

Personally I quite like how this works in wordpress for example where an
image by default links to the image file, so by clicking an image you open
the image file in a separate browser window. However, as this is not become a
"standard" yet, a lot of users either gets confused by this or does not
understand that the image links directly. So we were thinking to use either
a symbol / link to demonstrate to users that you can in fact click the image
to view a larger version.

The other suggestion was also to use a lightbox type box that overlays the
site for showing a larger version of the image.

Does anyone have thoughts on what works best or have links to good examples?

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