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Offline Timbo

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left margins vs. photos
« on: April 03, 2010, 06:57:49 pm »
Hi,

The new design seems to have shrunk the left margins. Many photos are too wide for left margins, so there's a horizontal scrollbar underneath the photo, though it doesn't do much. Unsightly.

Maybe either re-size the photos, if possible, or make the left margin a little bigger.

The photo I am currently using has a horiz scrollbar under it. The photo came out bigger than I expected, when I uploaded it. I'm not sure how to make it smaller.

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Re: left margins vs. photos
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2010, 07:15:58 pm »
Hi Timbo,

Not a technical expert, but I think I understand the issue and how to fix the problem (so maybe that does qualify me as an expert just this once!).  You need to upload the photo (called an avatar in this context) yourself, just as  you did the first time.  First the file needs to be reduced with image-editing software such as Photoshop.  You suggest you're not familiar with this kind of task, so I can help you if you like.   Email me the photo and I will reduce it and send you a couple of variant sizes to try. 

My email (on my profile) is heybai@shantideva.net   Attach the original file to your message to me using your emailer.    Or, if you prefer, you can ask someone like OC or Wonky to do this for you.  They're both more knowledgeable that am I, so they'd probably get the resizing right on the first try.

Hope this helps --
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Hi,

The new design seems to have shrunk the left margins. Many photos are too wide for left margins, so there's a horizontal scrollbar underneath the photo, though it doesn't do much. Unsightly.

Maybe either re-size the photos, if possible, or make the left margin a little bigger.

The photo I am currently using has a horiz scrollbar under it. The photo came out bigger than I expected, when I uploaded it. I'm not sure how to make it smaller.

Cheers,


Timbo

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Re: left margins vs. photos
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2010, 09:01:15 pm »
There is a setting in the Forum Admin that would restrict the max size of Avatars. It would solve this problem with editing the template and saves on bandwidth as well.

As to margins, there is significant wasted space between the window edge and the white page background filled with all black. It seems a bit excessive, IMHO.
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Re: left margins vs. photos
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2010, 09:59:12 pm »
Right!  Seems we could cut the black margins by an inch on each side easily.  But, (I) kinda like shifting my skull back and forth to see all of what is left of me.

There is a setting in the Forum Admin that would restrict the max size of Avatars. It would solve this problem with editing the template and saves on bandwidth as well.

As to margins, there is significant wasted space between the window edge and the white page background filled with all black. It seems a bit excessive, IMHO.
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Re: left margins vs. photos
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2010, 02:50:40 am »
There are several factors playing into this issue. I'm pretty sure that the template we use might use percentual proportions, meaning that it rescales itself depending on the window size. After doing some testing, I can see that it seems like that scroll bar will appear if you have a resolution width lower than 1280 pixels. Since approximately 30% of all web users still have a lower resolution than that, I guess we might have to come up with a solution to this. It could be either lowering the max size of the avatars or editing the proportions of the template.

The "wasted" space in the margins, although black, is referred to as "white space" and is meant to make the page more esthetically pleasing. A certain ratio between the height and width of the content part of the page makes it more pleasing to the human eye (although I don't know if this has been deliberately implemented in this design). Also, a very long row of characters without line break becomes very straining to read. In books, the line width is generally kept to 60-80 characters per row. Moving the margins to put the "wasted" space in use might make the page less attractive and functional. But since it seems like we have quite a lot of space for the main text of posts already, it might be possible to increase the width of the avatar field on the post field's expense.
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Re: left margins vs. photos
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2010, 05:38:55 pm »
Understood, white space is essential to eye comfort in reading, and well, this Body Text style is not that great.  But, it appears that a change has occurred that has had impact on Avatars or at least the column that the Template places them within.

True or Illusion?

PS: Screen currently set at 1680 (width) which still gives a good amount of black "white space." Just saying ....
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2010, 07:49:05 pm »
800 x 600 pixels setting here.  (Blind man walking!)
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Re: left margins vs. photos
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2010, 11:59:41 pm »
There are several factors playing into this issue. I'm pretty sure that the template we use might use percentual proportions, meaning that it rescales itself depending on the window size. After doing some testing, I can see that it seems like that scroll bar will appear if you have a resolution width lower than 1280 pixels.

FWIW, I'm on a 14 inch MacBook with 1280X800 resolution. I can see the horizontal scroll bars.

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Re: left margins vs. photos
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2010, 12:07:55 am »
There are several factors playing into this issue. I'm pretty sure that the template we use might use percentual proportions, meaning that it rescales itself depending on the window size. After doing some testing, I can see that it seems like that scroll bar will appear if you have a resolution width lower than 1280 pixels.

FWIW, I'm on a 14 inch MacBook with 1280X800 resolution. I can see the horizontal scroll bars.

Timbo
That's weird... I could see no scroll bars on my laptop with 1280 px width. Could also the height affect? I have to do some more investigation. It might be that gratefuldodger knows a bit about these things also.
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