Testing help needed, specifically mobile and weird devices

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  • It is too small.

    But, that's true of the fonts on the whole site.

    The average size of fonts on the site is 10pt and sometimes the fonts are also defined in pixels.

    If you know about web typography and the available units ( kyleschaeffer.com/best-practices/­css-font-size-em-vs-px-vs-pt-vs/ ), you'll know that these are the worst possible sizes to use.

    Basically, pixels and points are fixed sized, and as the resolution of a screen increases the perceived size is reduced.

    As the resolution has been increasing gradually, we've all become accustomed to reading smaller fonts, but it's very wrong.

    Fonts should be sized relative to the screen size. A web site with fonts sized in points is using a print design theory that doesn't translate to the screen.

    To correct it, what I should do is reset the font across the whole site to 1em;

    This would have the effect for most people of increasing the font size dramatically. It would be a huge perceived change.

    Because it would be such a big perceived change I haven't done it.

    If those on desktops and laptop want to imagine what this is like: CTRL+'+' to zoom the size of the page. You want to be viewing at roughly 120% of what you're currently viewing.

    If people can convince me that they'd be happy with such a font size change, then I would do it everywhere and that would fix it for all mobiles (which tend to have a higher resolution per inch than most monitors).

  • looks nice, I likey

  • After saying it was fine, I'm having some issues with the today's posts dropdown menu... For some reason it's very difficult to select and the touch screen keep wanting to select new posts or forums instead... It's almost as if the selection area for today's posts is too small... Does that make any sense?

    HTC Sensation/Gingerbread/stock browser

    TS - even with my fat fingers I never had an issue on my Samsung. Get a stylus.

    If people can convince me that they'd be happy with such a font size change, then I would do it everywhere and that would fix it for all mobiles (which tend to have a higher resolution per inch than most monitors).

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooo­ooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

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    looks nice, I likey

    Same here.

    If you remember the fuss when you upgraded the site BITD (~2008), everyone freaked out before they accepted it and moved on.

  • Don't change it, probably my dark-rock-lord calloused fingers that's the problem... Tho' it does seem to be just today's posts, the other drop downs aren't a problem, they're easy to select...

  • Ah, found a bug… on a users profile page the menu falls behind the tabs. This is in Safari so I'd assume it affects most browsers.

    I'd have thought adding "z-index: 1;" to ".dd_menu ul" should fix it.

  • Thanks.

    I think I don't need to solve that, when I fix the font sizes imminently it will move the tabs down a bit and won't then be impacted by the menus.

  • I've zoomed out one click in my browsers, kept feeling like I needed to move my eyes away from the monitors... (FF9/ArchLinux at home, FF13Nightly/W7 at work)

    I should have a HP Touchpad by wednesday, already dualbooting the latest WebOS and CyanogenMod 9-alpha build of Android 4... Bit of a niche platform? Nav seems fine on stock Android 4 browser on my Galaxy S.

  • Can you widen the column for the titles of posts slightly, they're all along 2 lines now and it's harder to read.

  • Okay, anyone else noticed that with the new drop-down thing, it is quite difficult to be accurate to choose 'display all' from the classifieds tab?

    On a galaxy s by the way, and my fingers aren't fat really, seems to be a problem with the 'hit box' for want of a better phrase. Keeps going to ebay thread or the site front page, no matter how far I zoom in

  • i don't seem to be having any luck entering text / posting messages from my PS3
    i type out the text and when i come to enter it says I need to enter more that 1 character even though i have entered some magnificent prose ?

  • Just though I'd try WebOS on my Touchpad. Turns out the layout looks pretty good except that the WebOS browser has the same transparent bit in the comment/rep flight as the Android 4 browser.

    I've also realised the Palm Sans font is fucking beautiful!

  • I've also realised the Palm Sans font is fucking beautiful!

    That is why web sites shouldn't override the fonts.

    Would love to see what it looks like. Is it possible to screenshot on WebOS?

  • I'll google that.

  • Took a screenshot then couldn't upload it straight to a post and failed at getting the address once I'd got it onto Facebook...

    uploaded to picasa should be visible!

  • Just had another look on my Arc S, the speed it renders from zoomed out - in is massively impressive!

  • Hah, yesterday I went around and started adding image heights and widths so that it would layout the page faster.

    Not that I thought anyone would notice. It's such a small change.

  • keep noticing every time i hit the drop bar for "posts", then try to select "todays posts" it seems to go "London Fixed-gear and Single-speed "

    SGS2 in case yer wonderin'

    mr.a.nnoyed, ealing

  • Sounds like the click event is passing through the menu and hitting the link behind the drop down.

    Interesting.

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