Pinch text scaling is also on the way! This is the overlay that appears when you pinch the screen in an article view to give you an indication of your relative text size.
This is an actual screenshot from a beta build I received last night. Props to Rusty Mitchell and the rest of the Mercury Intermedia crew for getting this right.
about 4 years ago
I'm curious if the slider is interactive, as in, can I slide it without pinch/zooming? My guess is probably not, but it might be misleading to use the slider UI pattern here. Perhaps more of a status-esqe dot instead of a dot that looks like it affords sliding... rather than just indicating the level of zoom. Know what I mean?
Nice though! =)
Yeah, that's something we've been discussing. We're considering restyling it so it looks more like an indicator than an interactive element. Appreciate the feedback!
by Jason Robb
Even in the simplest case, reducing the size of the dot makes it clear that it's not interactive.
about 4 years ago
by Rusty Mitchell
What do you think of this?
This seems more like something you'd tap to get, rather than pinch/zoom. Know what I mean?
Perhaps, Rob. But it might imagine it replacing the functionality of Zooming, in a way. The reverse pinch grows the text size on the fly. Pinching shrinks the text size on the fly. Double tapping does a traditional zoom... although that might not be a wise behavior to override. Hmmm...
The feedback and co-design that is going on in this thread is fantastic! I have a lot of ideas bouncing around in my head, but first I have a question.
What is the primary purpose of the indicator overlay?
- To show that my actions (pinching) in this context is adjusting only the font? (Won't people just see it adjusting as they pinch?)
- To show how much I currently have it zoomed? That is, where am I in the range of zooming and how much bigger or smaller can I make it from here. (Does it really matter? I'm only going to try to scale the text if I feel it is too big or small.)
- To provide feedback to the user when they try to make the text bigger, but it can't go any bigger? Likewise for smaller. (If this is the case, then I could envision a totally different overlay.)
- Or is there some other intent that I'm missing?
I'm curious about David's second point too—why do you need the indicator at all? Can't you tell how big the text is by how big it grows on the screen when you pinch?
Word. David is on the money. Superfluous indicators be damned. ;-)
But... if they pinched by accident, and the text shrunk, would an indicator save them from being confused? Or would they most likely just try to pinch/zoom again? Probably would work itself out.
It is likely not necessary, but I always appreciate an indication that I've reached the edge case of something. In this case, I find your second point, David, to be the purpose of the indicator overlay -- to offer feedback on where you are relative to the max and min.
More to come...
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