Here is a little gift for the Tablet users among us: instead of having to click on the small icons that take you to the latest post in a thread, you can now click on the entire row. It works this way in the Search Result pages (like Active Topics) and in the Forum View pages.
You can still click on the individual links that may reside in that row - like the Forumosan Profile links or the little page numbers that may be shown there. But if you press your finger elsewhere on that row, you’ll be taken to the latest post.
At least this is how it is supposed to work. I’ve only tried this out on the iPad. Please report any bugs or trouble you find using this.
Btw, on the Forum Index page, this expanded clickable area is limited to the box that the latest post is in. Using the whole row seemed too confusing to me - if you didn’t exactly hit the Forum title, you would be sent to the latest post. The expanded clickable area on this row is only next to (not below) the tiny latest post icon.
I was wondering why posts were opening when I hadn’t clicked on them!!!
Clickable whitespace is the bane of mouse-wheel users. I use a mouse wheel for scrolling, and to set the focus of the page so I can scroll, I have to find whitespace to click on. Now most of the inactive whitespace is gone, barring a thin strip between the rows and Forumosa Friends.
Could you at least make it show the “pointer hand” as it does when one hovers the pointer over a link, to inform people that clicking on the whitespace within a row will open the post?
Or is it even possible to make clickable rows an option in Settings?
I use a mouse wheel for scrolling, too, but I do not understand the problem you are describing.
Nevertheless, I could set up the clickable areas for the Search Result pages (like Active Topics) to be the same as those on the Forum Index page, where only the area on the right around the last post is a clickable area. Then, the area on the left around the title of the post is non-clicking whitespace – the links inside that area would still be clickable links, like the title of the post and the list of jump pages that appear for multiple-page topics. How does this sound?
It’s possible to make the clickable rows an option setting. But is it worth doing? Or at least, is it worth doing now? It would involve making it a Custom Field in the profile and then revising types of pages that use rows (note: there are 8 or so of them, and I only made 3 types of pages clickable: search results, the forum index, and the topic list aka the viewforum pages).
The first thing I usually do when I open a new web page is click somewhere (usually on some whitespace near where the pointer happens to be) so that the mouse wheel will be guaranteed to work on that page.
If the hand-pointer appears, I assume I’m hovering over a link; if I see the arrow-pointer, I assume it’s not a link. Perhaps if the entirety of the clickable row would cause a hand-pointer to appear, that would help.
On my Mac, it still works if I do the command+click on the link itself. I can’t do the command+click in a clickable whitespace
OK, I’ve adjusted things so that the first column (which has the Topic Title) is no longer a Clickable area block. The columns that show the number of replies, the number of views, and the last post are still Clickable area blocks (if the row is larger than usual, then only the area next to the numbers of views/replies and the last post are clickable areas, not the areas immediately below them)