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Mobile Design Pattern: Scrollbar
This design pattern is part of the Mobile Design Patterns series.
According to the Wikipedia: "A scrollbar is a graphical object in a GUI with which continuous text, pictures or anything else can be scrolled including time in video applications, i.e., viewed even if it does not fit into the space in a computer display, window, or view port."
Scrollbars are components/tools for scrolling or sliding content on the screen. The default or the built-in scrollbars are the conventional long rectangular scrollbars, preferably used with contrasting colors. However, today with many innovative design patters flowing out, there are varieties of scrollbar designs available. A use of good scrollbar makes the application have a more attractive user interface.
- Long rectangular scrollbar - Conventional scrollbar
- Showing arrows at top and bottom of the screen
- Showing arrows at the bottom of the screen
- Using a slider as a scrollbar
Allow other scrolling options
- Allow scrolling by arrow, volume or any other shortcut keys.
- Allow scrolling by the navigation wheels.
- Allow scrolling by dragging the screen - for touch enabled devices.
- When scrollbar is not used but scrolling is allowed with up and down arrow keys (or any other keys) - the application fails to indicate the end of content to the end-user.
--Submitted by07:39, 31 May 2009 (EEST)