Feedback on javadoc UI changes

Alex Buckley alex.buckley at
Wed Oct 9 18:33:11 UTC 2019

On 10/9/2019 10:29 AM, Hannes Wallnöfer wrote:
> The feedback we are looking for:
> - What do you prefer for scrolling up and down a page? Do you find 
> the moving parts useful or distracting?

I find the motion of the top blue bar and search box distracting at the 
first scroll, but only in the most minor way.

I find the universal visibility of the search box to be very helpful and 
useful in #1 and #3.

I appreciate the extra screen real estate I get with #3 when the top 
blue bar is gone. (What about in #2? See below.)

People should remember that the search bar often contains overview 
information of its own -- not on the top-level javadoc page, but on 
module and class pages. Having that always visible is very useful on 
module and class pages. It would be even more useful if the "SUMMARY:" 
part on a class page had a "DESCRIPTION" link to get you back to the 
top, like the "SUMMARY:" part on a module page has.

> - Which version is best for navigating to an anchor within a page 
> (e.g. member search or internal links)?

I think #2 has a serious problem. If you scroll, and then hit any key,
then the search box grabs focus -- this is useful on the many occasions 
when you want to search, but it means that keyboard shortcuts such as 
Ctrl-C are pre-empted. Specifically, if I select text anywhere on the 
javadoc page with the mouse, then press Ctrl-C, I see focus jump to the 
search box; if I then switch to another program to paste in the copied 
text (to quote it in an email, say), then I find the clipboard is empty, 
nothing was copied, Ctrl-C was pre-empted. For this reason, I disregard #2.

> - Do you experience any technical problems with your particular 
> browser?

No, everything worked as you described. Firefox 60 on Windows 10.


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