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On Thu, 2011-06-23 at 17:59 +0200, Astron wrote:

Hi Phil, RGB, Mirek (I'll just post in this thread that Phil forked
instead of the original one), hi everyone else, too (there's a little
survey a -- please answer :) )

Okay, first:
Incidentally, if the user displays facing pages, the page numbers will
need to be positioned correctly either side of the spread.

That's correct. So many things one sometimes simply overlooks with UIs. I agree.

Agree it's a good proposal to show the page number. However, if the
user has zoomed in or resized their window and can't see the number
any more, then you end up needing the page number elsewhere on the
screen as well, and if they can't see all of the page on the screen
they probably don't want to lose more space to toolbars/statusbars.

It should still be displayed in the tooltip when moving the
scrollbars. But in my view it could be removed from the status bar (I
never found the page display useful because it's always small and out
of one's view).

I would suggest that the page number floated beside the top left/right
corner of the *visible* page. Then when you are looking at the bottom
of page 2 and the top of page 3, you'd see the 2 at the top and the 3
beside the corner of page 3.

That would make the number even more useful, but would make it also
feel less "physical" (if that is a category that even applies to a
number that is diplayed /beside/ a document). It might also get in the
way, because then it wouldn't always be at the top of the page – but
that's probably something minor as long as the number really stays put
until a new number comes in. So yes, that's a good idea.

It could even float on the page with a
very light colour when the user can't see the document window

The page number should, in my view, hide when it's in the way. It
would probably be possible to put the number as a watermark in the
background of pages, but I don't like the idea too much, because it
would confuse users unnecessarily.
When users zoom in, the number should simply be cut off at the edges
and scrollbars shouldn't allow to scroll in the area cut off. Before
trying to argue for this, maybe a little survey could help:

1. What's your screen size and resolution (most of the time)?
2. What paper format do you use?
3. Do you work in full-screen?
4. Do you use any multi-page mode (for instance two pages in one screen?

For me, that's:
1. 14" / 1440 * 900
2. A4 (sometimes A5 and A6)
3. Yes, always.
4. No.

For my computer

1. 19" 1280x1024
2. Us Letter (8.5"x11") - a little wider than A4 and little shorter
3. Yes
4. No, prefer using document tabs and easy access dock/bar showing open

Jay Lozier

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