[Pro] FW7 Textarea not resizable by user

Hi all,

for my contact form I use a text area that works fine. But in the under right corner is a small triangle that enables the user to resize the form to any size. How can I avoid this resizing by an user?

Thanks


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I don’t think you can control that - it’s a browser feature… Safari, I
think.

Of course, most everybody knows I’m going to tell you that you shouldn’t
prevent users from determining their own web experience. The liturgy of
reasoning on this is already tried and true and out there for anyone to
find. However, I am more interested in hearing why you feel you need to
control this - not to defend it, but explain why you desire it to be so.


Ernie Simpson

On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 11:15 AM, Tobias V. email@hidden wrote:

Hi all,

for my contact form I use a text area that works fine. But in the under
right corner is a small triangle that enables the user to resize the form
to any size. How can I avoid this resizing by an user?

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The reason why I want control that is, when I make the box bigger, it overlays some buttons and other controls.

But if there no option for that it’s not so bad.

Thanks for your answer.


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Tobias, thank you for answering my question.

Clearly, you are considering this from a designer’s point-of-view… any user
who resizes this text-area will cover up part of the functioning design.
So, let’s switch for a minute to the user’s point-of-view and ask why would
a user want to resize this text-area input?

I think it’s obvious - a user might not feel there was enough room in the
text-area for them to comfortably fit their text. As a user who hates
teeny-tiny form fields and often up-sizes my browser type so I can actually
see it, I appreciate this functionality. I think you can see why the user
might not want you to restrict this behavior.

Not being able to enforce the size, you still have options that don’t
violate the user’s experience. For example, if a user feels there is plenty
of room for their input, then they wouldn’t ever feel the need to resize
it. Try to imagine how much space the average large answer will need, then
make your text-area input larger than that. Problem solved.

Another option would be to design your form using inflow/inline techniques…
this will create a situation where resizing the text-area input will push
other elements away or down, instead of covering them. There’s a lot of
info in the forum about inline/inflow design techniques with FWP, my
preferred method of construction.

Not the answers you were looking for, but good answers which will preserve
a good experience for your users.

Best,


Ernie Simpson

On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM, Tobias V. email@hidden wrote:

The reason why I want control that is, when I make the box bigger, it
overlays some buttons and other controls.

But if there no option for that it’s not so bad.

Thanks for your answer.


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How can I avoid this resizing by an user?

CSS can help you here

textarea {
    resize: none;
}

David


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in an inline construction, nothing will be overlapped.

But I like to thank Ernie for figuring out the gist:

user’s point-of-view

… which ends up in unexpected heights and widths.

Did I already mentioned BoxInBox-Relative Placed Inflow-construction?

Cheers

Thomas


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… oh yes - what about wrapping this in a table? Not my preferred method but as well rock solid.

Cheers

Thomas


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… oh yes - what about wrapping this in a table? Not my preferred method
but as well rock solid.

Plucking my eyeballs out so as not to hear you say so! X_X (hehe, ouch!)


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… well yeah, dangerous things I said, so to prevent me from evil:

Wrapping this particular part into a table - I suppose a form :slight_smile:

Slack your eyes my friend, we need all your ears.

Cheers

Thomas


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Wrapping this particular part into a table

I like my forms in a table layout!

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