Sometimes there are things I think about or talk about with friends and I want to write about them on the blog, but I get tied up with polishing them and packaging them into a larger idea. I’ve decided I’d get more actual content out and up if I stop this and just throw out my random 2cents on stuff every once in a while!
So you know what phrase I can’t stand hearing people use when talking about web? “above the fold,” anyone else with me on this one?
“Above the fold” is a graphic design term that refers to the location of important items on the upper half of the front page of a newspaper or any other type of printed thing that folds.
So then what does this mean in web? My screen doesn’t fold. This terms when used in regards to web design is usually referring to the information that shows within the browser window on an initial page load (before anything is clicked, hovered or scrolled.)
Now, don’t get me wrong… i definitely believe that placement of elements in this area is really important, however — it s NOT necessary for EVERYTHING to fit in this space or for the whole site to have a fixed height!
Give your users a little bit of credit. Anyone using the internet understands that web pages are meant to be interactive and has mastered the use of their scroll bar. Thinking that you user will not able to access information that isn’t in the top 500 pixels of your screen is the equivalent to believing that no one will be able to find a magazine article that isn’t printed on the cover. It comes from some tiny part in your head that believes your audience are brain-dead apes, and they aren’t!
This is just my 2cents …feel free to share yours!
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