Do you find lightboxes annoying? I have a video thumbnail, about two inches wide on my 22" screen, which plays full-size in a lightbox, but I can't help thinking that these things are damn annoying. How about you?
I find lightboxes for the sake of lightboxes annoying. Sometimes they are useful, when they allow a pop-up interaction to take place without disturbing the page or forcing a complete reload, but more often than not they are just irritating. One that perpetually annoys me is when sites (eg blogs, Facebook and yes, even Sitepoint Forums!) have thumbnail pictures that open up in lightboxes rather than directly into the browser window. This often means squashing the picture to fit the window, which is unhelpful. If the picture loads directly then my browser will compress it to fit the window, but with a single click I can expand it to full-size (which is often necessary to see the detail), but if it loads in a lightbox then that isn't always easy, obvious or even possible.
Thanks for the early morning laugh. Made my day! (BTW... I am so old that I am coal fired, have only a few bytes of memory left, and use Roman Numerals) :rofl: [/ot]
Actually I like light boxes. I hadn't considered that they distort the photos, but I find them much preferable to shuffling back and forth from page to picture and vise versa. I have never seen a video in a light box and I really don't see the need for that, though. The one attribute I like about most videos is the option to see them on YouTube, which I don't mind going to in order to view them in a larger, yet not full-page, screen.
I guess this is where I forget that not everyone is enlightened enough to use Opera
If I am looking at a page that has a number of thumbnails on and I open one up (not in a lightbox bbut just as a normal link) then the "Forward" button changes to "Next" and allows me to go through all the full-size images one-by-one without having to go back to the main page each time and click on the next one.
It's a tricky one, because different people work in different ways. Some find lightboxes easier. Some would prefer the image to load in a new tab. I would prefer neither. I guess what this shows is that you can't please everybody all the time!
Post the link to such a page and I'll look at it in Chromium to see what it does.
Something like these photos from a recent walk I went on would be a good example.
Lightboxes / modal dialogs are brilliant for some tasks. Video's are a good case if you want to show it at a different size to use a lightbox.
Alternatively you can use something like http://videojs.com/ and let the users choose full screen if they want.
A lot of people use them without thinking though, another reason they get a bad rap is that they are often used as advertisements that popup when you load a page. Those tend to make me close the web page altogether
I'm one of those people.
That's where you need to be smarter with your code – the
Like with the photo page – it doesn't need a "best viewed in..." sticker on because it works as intended in all browsers. The fact that you need to go back to the page and click on another photo rather than being able to have a seamless transition from one to the next may be a minor irritation, but given the target audience and typical traffic levels, it isn't a problem that I consider it to be worth my time fixing – especially as I hate any form of code bloat!
I knew that, guess I just forgot it. It's been awhile since I had to do any scripting at all!
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