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Topic: Why the empty grey 'whitespace' along the bottom of the Upload page?

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NateLawrence (8 months ago)
It seems to me that, regardless of the aspect ratio of the photos being uploaded and the aspect ratio of the screen being used or the aspect ratio of the browser window when it isn't maximized, the upload page always has a bunch of empty unused space along the lower edge.

On the Title, Description, Photo License, + Privacy page this seems to universally mean that the lower options are hidden below the grey bar across the bottom of the screen and must be scrolled up into view even if they ought already to have been in view, given the space in the browser window.

What's the thought process behind this decision?
It seems as weird to me as the site footer on the old site not being at the bottom of the browser window on short threads and I can't say I'm a big fan of either oddity.
PhotosynthTeam (8 months ago)
Thanks for the question, I was part of the team creating this page and we are aware of the tradeoff. In order to assure the button actions at the bottom right are always visible the site was built to honor the lower space. This assures that the actions needed to continue the process are readily available and are not off the bottom of the page beyond the visible area. It also assures they are in a predictable and consistent location. It is true that longer pages have to scroll to accommodate.
NateLawrence (8 months ago)
Thanks for the reply. 

I completely agree that keeping the 'Next|Finish' text in view at all times in a footer is doing right by the user.
I'm sure that its current height makes certain that people don't miss it at the bottom of their window, but perhaps something slightly less tall might still serve well while preserving proportional integrity visually?

I suppose that it doesn't fit with the modern Microsoft design language, but a translucent footer with opaque text also crossed my mind as a way to hint to the user that there was more to be scrolled down to, while keeping 'Next'|'Finish' in view at all times.

Most of the screens in upload are quite short, but the third with the photo license, title, description, etc. is longer and I feel that unless the user knows what to expect from previous incarnations of Photosynth or is the curious type, they may miss that there is more to the page to scroll down to.
NateLawrence (8 months ago)
I trust that users missing the default photo license of Creative Commons: Attribution on lower resolution screens is not by design.
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