Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 473817
Window too large to fit on small device's screen
Last modified: 2009-12-18 02:03:27 EST
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #473668 +++
Description of problem:
Some application windows, usually configuration menus in various programs included in Fedora 10 are too large to be fully displayed on devices with small screens. These windows typically do not have vertical scroll bars. Since the buttons to save, cancel, etc. are typically at the bottom of the window and the window is too tall to display the buttons, such programs are largely unusable.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora 10 on an OLPC XO or EEEPC 7xx netbook.
2. Log into GNOME, KDE, or LXDE.
3. Launch Ekiga, open "Configuration Assistant". OR, launch Thunderbird, open Account Settings, click "Copies and Folders". OR, launch KOrganizer, open Configure KOrganizer [window too wide also]. There are many other examples, including the gnome-mouse-properties dialog window.
Window too big to be useful.
Window displays at size equal to or less than the usable screen space available on the monitor and all data, options, and features are available.
--- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2008-11-30 16:06:53 EDT ---
I actually reported this upstream to ekiga quite a while ago. I've attached the bug report number via the external bug reference.
--- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2008-11-30 16:14:59 EDT ---
Thank you. What shall we do about all of the other applications that have the same issue? Should we open one ticket per application or should we open one ticket and list all of the offending applications within that ticket?
--- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2008-11-30 16:41:17 EDT ---
A new bug report for every issue. There's only one application that can be assigned per bug,
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.
Workaround: hit Alt and drag window with mouse (you can click everywhere in windows, not only title bar).
But I think for small form devices it's better to use specially designed UI which suits better for small screens. Take in consideration desktop - full HD resolution is now nearly standard one and users could complain - why this windows is so small if I have such a big resolution?
PS: newest small factor devices have 1024+ resolution...
Not so bad that windows are karge, bad is that windows are empty and can't be resized to smaller size with no one reason. A lot of app have resizeable windows with very large and unreasonable smallest enable window size.
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