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Where is the browser scrollbar?

asked 2015-09-19 22:22:24 +0300

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updated 2016-12-01 13:39:49 +0300

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It appears to me that since the scrollbar isn't displayed anymore in the browser. Is this behaviour new or was it there before?
IMHO a scrollbar in the browser is quite useful to estimate how long an article is. So this should be seen as a bug, shouldn't it?

update: scrollbar still missing in SFOSv2.0.2.51

update: still not added to

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I just noticed that the other day as well. Read a long text, but couldn't see how far I've read or how much more text there was. Very annoying.

It's new in and I consider it a bug.

Mohjive ( 2015-09-19 22:25:00 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-09-22 21:28:45 +0300

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Well as was already mentioned in one of the comments this is closely related to the new rendering architecture. Drawing vertical scrollbar on the UI layer causes performance problems on the tablet. The best solution would be to rely on gecko to do the scrollbar drawing. This is possible, but the feature is broken in gecko v31 we're currently using (upstream problem, not related to EmbedLite). We could probably enable UI layer scrollbars on the phone, though.

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Would UI layer scrollbars make it possible to judge how far you've scrolled a page? If yes, please try to include them.

schmittlauch ( 2015-09-22 21:33:31 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-09-20 09:32:30 +0300

The browser is not a full QT app I think, so some features of the screen are not available (like the scrollbars). It has always been like this, since scrollbar introduction (don't remember the version number). You could try an alternative browser, like webcat, which is a pure QT/Silica app.

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No need to downvote a workaround, guys! :( (I use Web Pirate myself if Jolla browser doesn't cut it.)

What it comes to Gecko and Qt playing ball, I also think that they are a bit "alien" to each other... In that sense using another engine could have made sense, but Gecko is widely supported and proven. If I recall right, it was selected because Mozilla could support this build, too, directly, aiding in development.

Direc ( 2015-09-20 11:23:05 +0300 )edit

I'm pretty sure there was a scrollbar earlier in the Jolla Browser.

ssahla ( 2015-09-20 14:01:35 +0300 )edit

Jolla changed how the browser app works in due the performance issues with tablet when scrolling pages. In new version there is a sandwich of independent layers: Browser UI layer > Gecko browser engine layer > home screen, to show the browser app.

penpen ( 2015-09-20 14:49:06 +0300 )edit

The abscence of scrollbar probably explains why the browser feels extremely smooth now.

Mr.Pancake ( 2015-09-23 22:40:10 +0300 )edit

@Mr.Pancake Yes, but it's the other way around: the scroll bars were removed in the process of making it smoother :)

Direc ( 2015-09-28 19:31:13 +0300 )edit
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Asked: 2015-09-19 22:22:24 +0300

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