Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 471131
gnome-mouse-properties dialog doesn't fit on XO screen
Last modified: 2009-12-18 01:49:09 EST
Created attachment 323264 [details]
Screenshot of gnome-mouse-properties within display on XO
Description of problem:
The dialog for gnome-mouse-properties is too tall to fit on the XO screen with typical font/resolution settings. This is problematic because there is no way to scroll to the Help and Close buttons. Advanced users can use alt-leftclick to drag the window upwards, but this is not easily discoverable.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Invoke gnome-mouse-properties, either from command line or by system->preferences->hardware->mouse
Mouse properties dialog is too tall for the display. Accessing the Close and Help buttons is difficult.
All parts of the dialog should be easily accessible using layout modified to fit the display size, scroll bars, or other discoverable UI elements.
This will probably bite other small-screen "netbooks".
I've experienced similar problems with certain windows being too large to fit on small screens. Is it possible that this can be approached two ways:
1. Is there some kind of "zoom out" function that has been invented that will shrink the whole screen and temporarily to make it hold more information so that we can click on stuff that is hidden from view and then revert back to the proper resolution after we are done with that window? That would be a good work around for programs like the print dialogue in acroread, which is too big, doesn't have a scroll bar, and the important stuff is at the bottom where you cannot see it. I have been using the force and the tab key to get stuff to print when I have to use acrobat reader on a device with a very small screen.
2. Should we start reporting each window that is too large as a separate bug or should we start a "Window Too Big For Small Device" bug where everyone can chime in with info about their too big window problem (or something like that)?
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 10 development cycle.
Changing version to '10'.
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This article will be slightly interesting to anyone that has had difficulty using common programs on devices with small screens:
From the article:
Mandala said, adding one of the biggest challenges is reminding
developers to write applications for 800 by 600 screen resolutions
found in smaller devices. 'The standard [resolution] for GNOME
[apps] is 800 by 600, but not all apps are.
I think 800x600 might be too big and that applications ideally would function (not necessarily comfortably) at 800x480 or so.
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