24 votesGeorge Humphrey. commented
Chris, each browser tries to display the page text to the best of its own implementation's abilities.
The problem is an item that is anchored to the browser's windows instead of anchored to the page inside the windows, will always appear to move on its own, separate from the page. That independent movement, not moving with the page, forces the person's eye off what they are trying to look at and onto that button. This is very disruptive to the reader. Its just like a pop-up window and people are going to complain about them until they become a normal part of the page again, or until they get a browser extension that prevents them from being displayed. Just get rid of its pop-up-like properties. Make it a normal part of the page and people won't mind it.
Until then, they will continue to be hated.
Also note - having a small screen is not a bug. Nor is it anything the user is likely to be able to change. Having a web page that has a fixed width? Thats a Bug! The fix? insert a fencepost sideways into the mouth of the web page author who decided to use a fixed width. That way they will begin to intuitively understand WHY you don't use fixed widths for web pages. Fixed widths prevent the browser from formatting the page for local display requirements, which is pretty much the reason for having browsers in the first place. The client side (the browser) is supposed to be in charge of deciding how to display the page.
Chris - why would you think its OK to design a web page that can't be viewed properly on a small screen? The whole design and intent of the idea of having browsers and web pages is so that it doesn't matter what your local device or browser is. Web pages are supposed to be device independent! They should never have an fixed physical attributes, except for the occasional 2 or 3 pixel borderline.
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