Check the small text at the top and bottom of any thread you enter; it says "Jump to: " and has links to the parent sub-forum and forum root.Konrad wrote:I can't seem to be able to find the humble HOME button, forcing me to navigate to the forum root by actually retyping/truncating the url back to "http://deskthority.net/" ... yeah, as a noob here I actually like to see what the forum offers, surf through it and read things of interest, I always find it easier to start from the top and work my way through the hierarchy.
Is there a better way to go back to top, ie: a lazy way which lets me mindlessly stay on the mouse? Is this a deliberate feature designed to force people to use their keyboard when navigating this keyboard worshipping site?
Clicking on "Board index" returns you to the front page.Jump to: Board index » Other » Deskthority related
???Konrad wrote:The "Jump to:" options don't have a root/top, and as I said, I prefer to have a lofty superior view of the entire hierarchy rather than trudge my nose through it like an ant. It's what I had to do before webwit fixed the problem.
woody wrote:How hard is to add auto-focus on login fields at start page? Amuses me how some forums lack this.
JBert wrote:Autofocussing is a solution looking for a problem.
I mostly just check "Keep me logged in" (or whatever it is called here) and don't worry about it.
Personally, I mostly cuss at pages which grab the focus automatically because it stops me from pressing my Vimperator navigation keys (dedicated search pages like Google's spash page are the obvious exception).
JBert wrote:To get back on track: if there is a dedicated login page (the wiki has such a page), it should auto-focus the login fields - agreed. For the main page, it makes less sense.
JBert wrote:That's comparing apples and oranges. You actually need to log into your own private mailbox to use it, so you land on the login page. Your web-mail's login page is obviously only used for logging in, thus it makes sense to auto-focus when the user will have to do so anyway.
This is different for a forum's start page. Focusing makes less sense there because the most common action on the start page is to browse the forum.
So, with the login box grabbing focus is somewhat similar to placing a search box at the top of every forum page and then focusing it when the user will likely not even notice it.
To get back on track: if there is a dedicated login page (the wiki has such a page), it should auto-focus the login fields - agreed. For the main page, it makes less sense.
As a sidenote, how do you navigate the forums if not by mouse?
Ok, let me rephrase my point: auto-focusing adds only a tiny bit of value while it might in turn inconvenience existing anonymous visitors. (see below)woody wrote:JBert, I don't see your point at all.
Actually, some keys do happen to have an effect: the cursor keys. Once a text box grabs the focus, those same cursor keys can no longer be used to scroll the page down. This is what I'd call a bit of inconvenience, as you can no longer use the keyboard to scroll. I believe I'm not the only one who likes to use his mouse as few as possible.woody wrote:Tell me, really, what happens if you start typing at DT's start page? NOTHING. Then what harm is there if the focus was already on the username field, which is the only thing to type on anyway (before password, which you TAB to)??As a sidenote, how do you navigate the forums if not by mouse?
By whatever pointing device, but that doesn't change the fact I have to make completely useless field chase/clicks (==additional hand movement, time, effort and so on).
Well, there are "lurkers" who don't log in. Just now there are 18 members logged in and 11 guests (search engine bots counts as registered users).woody wrote:The most common action is to browse once logged in, so you can see what's unread. Therefore for people like me who don't keep auto log-in, the first action is to log in.
JBert wrote:Actually, some keys do happen to have an effect: the cursor keys. Once a text box grabs the focus, those same cursor keys can no longer be used to scroll the page down. This is what I'd call a bit of inconvenience, as you can no longer use the keyboard to scroll. I believe I'm not the only one who likes to use his mouse as few as possible.
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