With the huge push for “multi touch” and direct contact interfaces in the past couple years I’ve started to notice the slow fade of the scrollbar, something that has historically consumed up 5% of every browser and finder window. The iPad hides the scrollbar by default and only shows it when scrolling. This reduces the bar to a “scroll indicator” and not the bar our parents and elders spend 30 seconds trying to find so they can move down the page.
So what’s next?
I’m finally seeing this approach to scrolling moving from mobile multi-touch devices to the real world OS’s and many web applications. Honestly, with my obsession with minimal design, this is more than exciting! Custom scrolling indicators are now being hand-crafted into the software, usually adapting its ui and design, in order to remove the OS’s default scrollbar ugliness. Did I mention the little arrows (for up and down) are nowhere to be found!?
I’m Hoping with the upcoming OS release from Apple (as well as their “appstore” for OS X) we will continue to see the adoption of this UI technique. Windows… I have not touched you in years… so, I have no clue what you guys are up to (sorry). I guess it really depends on the majority of “users” out there. Is the common user able to tell when an area is scrollable or not scrollable?
What is your take? Do you use the little arrows? Do you find a minimal take on scrollbars hoaxy?