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Latest revision as of 03:26, 9 May 2012

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Created: User:Rahulsingh1m (30 Jun 2009)
Last edited: hamishwillee (09 May 2012)


[edit] Description

Scalability refers to the ability of the application to adapt to different screen sizes and orientations.

Messaging application example with scalablility
Messaging portrait.jpg

Messaging landscape.jpg

[edit] Use when

  • When effective usage of screen space is required.
  • To provide rich experience to the user.

[edit] Benefits

  • Different variants of application not required for different screens.
  • Some applications like browser can be used much better in landscape mode.
  • Less effort required to support the application on a new device.

[edit] Design Tips

  • Built in system components already supports scalability.
  • Custom components should be designed and tested properly for scalability.
  • Orientation change can be initiated through a hardware event and also through the application.
  • On change of orientation, the application should continue normally.
  • In case a particular screen is not supported, proper error dialog should be displayed to the user.
  • Application data like text, images should be rendered properly for different screens and should be easily readable by the user.

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