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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_beta2015-01-18 08:58 pm

Responsive-design Create Entries page, joining/leaving communities, subscribing/granting access, etc

This code push included responsive redesigns of:

* the beta create entries page
* joining/leaving communities
* subscribing or granting access to people
* many of the site admin areas
* everything in the /tools directory
* and many more.

If you have problems with any of these pages, this is the place to report the problems!

There are several purposes behind our responsive site redesign. Aside from the boring technical ones (making it easier for us to maintain and troubleshoot the code, reducing browser incompatability, giving us more options in terms of designing, etc), the two big ones are:

* Improve the way the site looks and feels on small screens (such as on tablets and mobile devices) without worsening the experience for people using large screens (desktops and laptops).

* Improve the accessibility of the site: make it easier to access the site with screenreaders, interact with the site using alternate input devices, interact with the site using only the mouse or only the keyboard, etc.

This entry is for two things: reporting any actual display bugs or glitches with the pages (in your browser, whether on your computer or on your mobile device), and providing aesthetic feedback about the look and feel of the design.

If you're reporting display bugs or glitches: Please describe the glitch in as much detail as possible. Screenshots would be really helpful, especially if you're only seeing the glitch in one browser but not another, or only on your phone but not on your laptop. (You don't have to check for the glitch on multiple devices, but if you do, let us know which devices have the problem and which don't.)

If you have feedback specifically about the aesthetics or the look of the redesign (you think something needs more padding, want to suggest a different font/color/color combination/background/what-have-you, think something is in the wrong place, that kind of thing): Please be as specific as possible about what you think needs to be changed, or what's bugging you about the way things look. For instance, instead of saying "the header is so ugly and squished now, change it back", say "On my computer, the links in the header don't have enough space between them, so they look like they're running into each other."

(We know that people definitely have strong opinions about the way things should look -- that's why we're doing this incrementally -- but the most helpful feedback is the kind that's specific, concrete, and actionable.)

With all feedback, include the following:

* Which site skin you're using (you can find this on the Display tab of Manage Settings if you don't know)
* What browser and browser version you're seeing the problem in
* What operating system you're using
* What type of device you're using: laptop, desktop, phone, tablet, e-reader, etc. (And if phone/tablet/e-reader, what make and model.)
* What your display resolution is, and what your current browser size is. To check this if you aren't sure: go to and report the following numbers: Browser window width, browser window height, screen width, screen height.

If you're specifically reporting an issue with how the redesign works (or doesn't!) in your assistive technology setup, please also include:

* What assistive technology you're using (name of program, description of setup, etc)
* If it's software, the software version
* If it's workflow related (you find it difficult to navigate using keyboard-only navigation, for instance), a brief description of your workflow and what about the page is making it difficult
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[personal profile] ninetydegrees 2015-01-23 06:43 pm (UTC)(link)
--Tags: I do like the new sorting (column vs rows which, to me, make it usable). However, there's a lot of space between the columns. Also the search bar takes the whole box width, unlike the one for icons. Why?

-- Browse icons: I agree that removing the scrollbar may not have been the best choice. It feels odd to have the box display beyond the bottom of the viewport and to have to scroll fovever to get to your last icons.

--Pop-ups: I agree that clicking on X to confirm our choices is counter-intuitive. I thought the pop-up was broken and my selection wouldn't be saved.

-- 'Post' line: I don't know if there's an extra border or padding or what but 'post' is slightly bigger than the drop downs it's aligned with. Also there's a double border between the two drop-downs. It makes the whole thing look a bit sloppy.

-- Are 'characters per tags: 40' and 'characters left: 38' more readable than '40 characters per tag' and '38 characters left'?

-- The line-height for some phrases is so high it's hard to connect the first line and the second one and realize it's part of the same thing ('crosspost this entry', 'use the time when entry is posted'). The leading between these phrases and the items below them is normal so it looks even stranger. Also wouldn't 'crosspost this' and 'use the current time' work as well?

-- Don't think pages need to be capitalized in Reading pages.

-- How about 'Crosspost to:' instead of 'Crosspost Accounts'? It has its own style and doesn't match the way other modules list their options. I think Settings would also fit better at the bottom.