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Canonical intelligently reinvents the scrollbar for Ubuntu

Mar 08, 2011, 13:35 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Humphries)

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"Graphical user interfaces on the PC are a pretty standard affair when it comes to interaction. They all have windows you can open, close, resize, and move around. There's minimize, maximize, and close buttons, toolbars, scrollbars, and menu systems. We all know how to use them and rely on them for navigation everyday.

"With the advent of mobile devices and touchscreens some of those interaction methods have had to be rethought due to screen size limitations and a lack of keyboard or mouse input. One of those interactions is page or window scrolling using a scrollbar. You simply don't need them on a touchscreen device as it is easier and quicker to touch and drag anywhere on the display instead.

"Such a lack of scrollbars gave the design team at Canonical an idea. Could they remove the permanent scrollbars at the edge of windows in Ubuntu to free up more space for content while still allowing them to work with a cursor? The answer was a definite yes, and the re-design is now being experimented with."

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