I could make a ten minute movie of NetSurf trying to get to a post at
the bottom of one of my forum threads. It seems to spend most of its
time and processing power reformatting the page after every one or two
images have been fetched. But the real killer is, if I try to scroll
up to see how far it's got, it throws me down to the bottom again. I
have to wait until it's finished thrashing about before I can use the
vertical scroll bar.
A contributory problem is that it first formats all images according
to the space needed for the 'alt' text and then when it's got the
image it reformats the page again using the image dimensions. It does
this even if it's given the width and height in the tag.
There has to be a better way. For a start, if the user scrolls the
page then forget about any on-page name/id tags you were trying to get
to - the user has taken control. Otherwise finish formatting the page
and only then jump to the name tag.
Secondly, forget about the 'alt' text unless fetching the image fails,
and then format the text within the image dimensions if known. Better
still, display the alt text in the "About this object" window (Object
Object > Info). Time for a feature request!
Richard Porter http://www.minijem.plus.com/
I don't want a "user experience" - I just want stuff that works.