Whitespace and pixel-fixing
Posted Feb 18, 2011 16:29 UTC (Fri) by droundy
In reply to: Whitespace and pixel-fixing
Parent article: First look at Ubuntu "Natty" and the state of Unity
Remember, not all widgets are equal. Pixel waste when showing a settings dialog is rarely important, you want clarity and the minimum number of choices possible. Whitespace here has almost zero cost.
I strongly disagree, in the common case that setup dialogs do not have scroll bars and the ability to be resized to fit the screen. I don't care to count the number of times that I couldn't hit "apply" because I couldn't see the bottom of the screen. And in worse cases, you also can't see some of the actual settings. (examples: google chrome, firefox, epiphany and empathy all have settings dialogs that either have a fixed minimum size or can be resized to be smaller, but then the content isn't visible.)
Of course, the proper solution is to make all dialog boxes resizeable with reasonable behavior (i.e. scrollbars) when they are smaller than their content.
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