|Standalone infocenter content display on iPad [message #541285]
||Sat, 19 June 2010 14:38
| Bob Beims
Registered: June 2010
Location: Austin, Texas
REPOSTED ELSEWHERE please refer to the re-posting (thanks Chris for the right forum) as msg_543555 in the UA area for the active discussion...|
Infocenter (i.e., standalone Eclipse Help runtime content hosting) sites are a great way to deliver the latest and greatest technical content to end users. Particularly when combined with the DITA content authoring standard. The iPad represents the next generation interface for on-the-go technical information consumers, but ...
The touch-screen UI of the iPad's Safari implementation creates some interesting challenges for infocenter content delivery. Here are some examples:
- the ToC panel width expands to the length of the longest link title ... on a mouse-driven browser this is OK, as the user can mouse over the divider bar and change the width. There's no 'mouse over' on the iPad.
- When setting search scope, a series of dialog boxes are used to create a new scope and select sub-topics, but those dialog boxes are treated as pop-ups, and there's no scroll bar in in the topic list in order to get past the first few topics.
- Because there's no "increase font size" control key combination available, the only way to zoom is with pinch gestures ... which moves the UI controls off of the screen and requires more gesturing to get to them
Basically, we need a 'mobile infocenter' interface that is presented when the user's browser is identified as a mobile device.
Is anyone looking into this?
[Updated on: Tue, 29 June 2010 18:29]
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