[RFE] Transparent images should have the same context menu as the page.



17 years ago
13 years ago


(Reporter: bamm, Assigned: mpt)


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17 years ago
Images have a different context menu from the page itself, which is
good. However, it is confusing for the user to click on a seemingly
blank area and not find the context menus he is looking for, cause
it is really a transparent image.

Comment 1

17 years ago
-> user interface design, doesn't seem to be a dup.
Assignee: Matti → mpt
Component: Browser-General → User Interface Design
Ever confirmed: true
QA Contact: imajes-qa → zach
I intented to suggest something like this as a joke; now I notice that somebody
really files this as a bug...

An image is an image, therefore should get the image context menu, imho.

Comment 3

17 years ago
Futhermore, what with design using some transparent and some non-transparent
images in several layers? =)

I agree with Christian. If we really need provide page context menu for user,
realize it by adding page context menu to image context menu for this case. 

Comment 4

17 years ago
Ummmmmmm ... no. Interrogating the image under the pointer to find out whether
it was transparent would be prohibitively expensive. And what about images that
were only transparent in some places? What about semi-transparency in a PNG with
an alpha channel? Etc.

This problem is only likely to affect the user if he/she is trying to use an
item quickly and gesturally (without reading the menu), i.e. choosing Back or
Forward. That's why Back and Forward should be at the top of the shortcut menu
for an unlinked image. (Unlinked images may be transparent, but this is
extremely unlikely to be the case for linked images.)
Last Resolved: 17 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX

Comment 5

17 years ago
The spacer.gif's used by many sites cause a usability problem, as
mentioned in the summary.

If this is a WONTFIX, and Bug 135331 is a WONTFIX, then what is the FIX?
the fix is to use the menu or click where no image is

Comment 7

17 years ago
> click where no image is

You probably only visit well-made sites. Most sites that most people go
to (which excludes nerds like us) use spacer.gif's, not because the author
intentionally puts it, but because the spacers are automatically generated
by ScreamWeaver. 90% of authors have no idea what is going on beneath the
page they are making.

What you mentioned is not a fix. It is the problem.

I filed this because I want to draw attention to this problem.

Comment 8

17 years ago
mbt -- *are* back and forward going to be at the top of the shortcut menu for
unlinked images? I agree, that would be a huge improvement. (Although I still
think it's a terrible UI design mistake to make the page-navigation options
vanish ever.)

Comment 9

17 years ago
What about an image that is mostly red, on top of a page that has a red
background?  From the user's point of view, there's no difference between
"images that are transparent" and "images that are hard to tell apart from the

The right fix is, still, to put the page-context items on all of the context menus.

Comment 10

17 years ago
Authors do that when transparency is impossible, such as jpg's. But
users recognize them as part of an image because they are often within
the rectangular boundaries of an image. Nobody uses jpegs of the same
color to fill up huge amounts of space for formatting.

And I don't really care what the fix is as long as the problem is fixed.
This is a usability problem that is sure to confuse many users.

Comment 11

17 years ago
Regardless of what the pedants here think about the metaphysics of contexts or
how many angels fit on the head of pin, having the "back" entry on the link and
image context popup menus made my life considerably easier. After clicking on a
link, going "back" is the commonest operation in a browser. Before I could
consistently do this by clicking on the right menu button and moving the mouse a
millimeter down. Now I click on the right menu button and 90% of the time carry
out the old behaviour. The other 10% of the time I have to pop the menu down
again and carefully find a bit of the page where there is no link or image. This
is a real pain with big images or a lot of links. Or I have to move the mouse
all the way to the arrow button in the toolbar. More hand-eye coordination on my

In my inexpert opinion, the current behaviour is a real usability bug and I
would be thankful if someone could mail me a recipe to get back the old
behaviour by editing the configuration files.

Comment 12

17 years ago
The loss of back/forward when context switching is the single most aggravating
UI 'feature' I've experienced in over two years of Mozilla use.

Comment #11 :
(not confirmed)


16 years ago
Component: User Interface Design → Browser-General
Product: Browser → Seamonkey
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