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Issue 8899: target drop area is too small for side-by-side mode
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Reported by generi...@gmail.com, Mar 17, 2009
Chrome Version       : 2.0.169.1 beta channel

target drop area is too small for new side-by-side mode (this feature:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn97WbalJwM). you need to be almost exactly
at the center of an edge to trigger the resize mode. this makes discovery
and usage unnecessarily difficult. after i found out about this feature, i
could not figure out how to acutually trigger it without watching the
video. suggested change: make the drop area larger both vertically and
horizontally so you don't have to be so close to the edge of the screen and
you don't have to be at the exact center of the edge.
Apr 7, 2009
#1 suna...@chromium.org
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Status: Untriaged
Labels: -Type-Bug -Area-Misc Type-Feature Area-BrowserUI
Apr 7, 2009
#2 lafo...@chromium.org
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Status: Available
Cc: s...@chromium.org
Labels: Mstone-X HelpWanted
Dec 18, 2009
#3 or...@chromium.org
Area-UI-Features label replaces Area-BrowserUI label
Labels: -Area-BrowserUI Area-UI-Features
Feb 17, 2010
#4 lafo...@chromium.org
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Labels: -Area-UI-Features Area-UI
Apr 1, 2010
#5 j...@google.com
Addendum to this bug (I was the original reporter using a different address):

I finally figured out why it's so hard to use this feature. As your cursor nears the center 
of an edge, you see the drop target icon appear in a translucent state. A user might 
naturally assume that releasing the mouse button at this time would trigger the 
resizing/snapping/docking feature. However, if you release the mouse button at this time, 
the tab just spawns a new medium-sized window wherever your cursor is. To the user, it looks 
like the snapping feature just didn't work.

What the user doesn't realize is that she must release the cursor within the boundaries of 
the drop target icon to trigger the snapping. There is a slight visual cue in that the icon 
becomes solid once the cursor is within the icon's boundaries, but this is very subtle and 
also requires significant mouse dexterity (try triggering the feature several times in a row 
to see what I mean).

Suggested resolution:
1. Replace the two icon states (translucent and solid) with a single state that appears when 
the user nears the edge of the screen. Dropping the tab *whenever the icon is visible*, 
rather than only when the cursor is within the icon boundaries, should trigger the snapping.
2. Make the drop targets wider along the edges than they currently are so it's easier to 
discover and trigger the feature. Suggested drop targets outlined in green in attached 
screenshot.


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Feb 14, 2011
#6 mal@google.com
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Labels: -HelpWanted GoodFirstBug
Mar 18, 2011
#7 lafo...@chromium.org
Chrome Version       : 2.0.169.1 beta channel

target drop area is too small for new side-by-side mode (this feature:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn97WbalJwM). you need to be almost exactly
at the center of an edge to trigger the resize mode. this makes discovery
and usage unnecessarily difficult. after i found out about this feature, i
could not figure out how to acutually trigger it without watching the
video. suggested change: make the drop area larger both vertically and
horizontally so you don't have to be so close to the edge of the screen and
you don't have to be at the exact center of the edge.
Labels: -GoodFirstBug bulkmove Hotlist-GoodFirstBug
Dec 6, 2011
#8 ldobb...@chromium.org
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Labels: nomedia
Mar 10, 2013
#9 bugdro...@chromium.org
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Labels: -Area-UI Cr-UI
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