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hairybadger 10.12.2019 10:59

reading on a mobile phone
 
I've tried searching the forum for a solution to this - I can't find any relevant (recent!) posts.

I'm looking for a solution for reading the forum on a mobile phone. The font scaling (or lack thereof) makes it a painful experience (on my phone at least and with my font etc settings). For me it's best on a computer and bearable on a tablet but occasionally I use my phone (Samsung A6, chrome). The index page or whatever it is called is particularly bad - I need to zoom in and then pan left and right to read the text. I can't find englishforum listed on tapatalk (I've tried writing it a few different ways - no dice).

Am I missing something?

robBob 10.12.2019 11:36

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Am I missing something?


A larger phone. ;)


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st2lemans 10.12.2019 11:38

Re: reading on a mobile phone
 
Turn it sideways (landscape mode).

Tom

MusicChick 10.12.2019 13:44

Re: reading on a mobile phone
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hairybadger (Post 3128537)
I've tried searching the forum for a solution to this - I can't find any relevant (recent!) posts.

I'm looking for a solution for reading the forum on a mobile phone. The font scaling (or lack thereof) makes it a painful experience (on my phone at least and with my font etc settings). For me it's best on a computer and bearable on a tablet but occasionally I use my phone (Samsung A6, chrome). The index page or whatever it is called is particularly bad - I need to zoom in and then pan left and right to read the text. I can't find englishforum listed on tapatalk (I've tried writing it a few different ways - no dice).

Am I missing something?

I am on A3/chrome and it is a total pita. For typos and even for mere thanking, lol.

Skip the front page, put the New Threads page as your home page. Try to read sideways, or decreaee font. But you might also need to change your prescription, I know I do.

I wonder if we ever change from VBul, but I don't think your problem is VBulletin.

Some cells are now quite large...back to the paddle size. My A3 is a baby size.

hairybadger 10.12.2019 16:08

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Originally Posted by MusicChick (Post 3128624)
I am on A3/chrome and it is a total pita. For typos and even for mere thanking, lol.

Skip the front page, put the New Threads page as your home page. Try to read sideways, or decreaee font. But you might also need to change your prescription, I know I do.

I wonder if we ever change from VBul, but I don't think your problem is VBulletin.

Some cells are now quite large...back to the paddle size. My A3 is a baby size.

I find manipulating the phone sideways awkward.

The front page is the only page that displays in a reasonable size (apart from the menu items).

I have the fonts set pretty large already :confused:

MusicChick 11.12.2019 09:22

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Originally Posted by hairybadger (Post 3128681)

I have the fonts set pretty large already :confused:

Which turns every screen into a headache when trying to maneuvre it. Hence our suggestion for either bigger screen or adjusting your pescription. I do not think there is much chance to change the front page, en plus it's the one that has been acting up. New Threads page is more reliable.

But I will bring this up to the wizzards.

MusicChick 11.12.2019 09:44

Re: reading on a mobile phone
 
So - the good news is we will eventually upgrade to new VBul. The less good news is that we don't know when just yet.

Just bear with this a tad longer, if you can.

Guest 11.12.2019 10:21

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Originally Posted by MusicChick (Post 3128871)
So - the good news is we will eventually upgrade to new VBul.

Probably.

I didn't think EB's comments should be taken as a promise.

ipoddle 11.12.2019 10:55

Re: reading on a mobile phone
 
Google Play Books works well (enough) on my small iphone 7 screen.. font size management means I can read text without too much trouble

hairybadger 11.12.2019 12:12

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Originally Posted by MusicChick (Post 3128855)
Which turns every screen into a headache when trying to maneuvre it. Hence our suggestion for either bigger screen or adjusting your pescription. I do not think there is much chance to change the front page, en plus it's the one that has been acting up. New Threads page is more reliable.

But I will bring this up to the wizzards.

Prescription? I don't wear glasses. It's only for Englishforum that I have this problem - I'm not changing my phone just so that I can read Englishforum on it :) Check out the attachments. An A6 is about 7x15cm. (note I've had to scale the images right down to be able to upload them)

MusicChick 11.12.2019 12:39

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Originally Posted by hairybadger (Post 3128944)
Prescription? I don't wear glasses. It's only for Englishforum that I have this problem - I'm not changing my phone just so that I can read Englishforum on it :) Check out the attachments. An A6 is about 7x15cm. (note I've had to scale the images right down to be able to upload them)

Hmmmmmm, I don't know, tbh. Mine is cca 10x6 cm and I zoom in and out as I need but I got a different EF page as a home page.

I guess the new VBul might improve this.

hairybadger 11.12.2019 15:50

Re: reading on a mobile phone
 
I'm trying to install Firefox to test with that but it won't install for the moment. I'll look at it later.


I take it the tapatalk avenue is closed. I've found an app vbulletin but apparently it's only for forums on vbulletin.com and, er, isn't much good...


As far as the version of vbulletin goes, I think there are just a few stylesheets that don't work too well in my environment and a wholesale upgrade isn't necessary. I'm no front-end developer, though :) (ignore my colleagues who might tell you that I'm not much of a back-end developer, either).

robBob 11.12.2019 16:06

Re: reading on a mobile phone
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hairybadger (Post 3128944)
Prescription? I don't wear glasses. It's only for Englishforum that I have this problem - I'm not changing my phone just so that I can read Englishforum on it :) Check out the attachments. An A6 is about 7x15cm. (note I've had to scale the images right down to be able to upload them)

An Ad blocker will help. ;)

hairybadger 11.12.2019 16:14

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Originally Posted by robBob (Post 3129004)
An Ad blocker will help. ;)

Well, yes. Firefox + ublock origin is my tool of choice on a computer. I can't see how it will increase the miniscule text size though :)

jncunha 09.03.2020 23:02

Re: reading on a mobile phone
 
Is the forum available on Tapatalk? I can't find it but I saw some posts of people referring that they're using the app.

dox 10.03.2020 00:15

Re: reading on a mobile phone
 
Install Opera.
Since Android removed automatic text reflow (in 4.4 if I remember correctly - current version is 10, so a long time ago), the only way to "zoom in" and have the text "rearrange itself" (rather than having to scroll left-right to see the whole line) is to use Opera.
Bonus: dark mode (saves battery and is easier on the eyes).

armed_neutrality 10.03.2020 03:51

Re: reading on a mobile phone
 
You know the retarded kid at school? The web, and everything available via the web, is all the product of that one retarded kid. That's why these retards try to "lay things out" and so on. The efficient answer is that none of it is worth reading.

hairybadger 10.03.2020 10:10

Re: reading on a mobile phone
 
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Originally Posted by dox (Post 3156377)
Install Opera.
Since Android removed automatic text reflow (in 4.4 if I remember correctly - current version is 10, so a long time ago), the only way to "zoom in" and have the text "rearrange itself" (rather than having to scroll left-right to see the whole line) is to use Opera.
Bonus: dark mode (saves battery and is easier on the eyes).

I tried Opera - it didn't help me, unfortunately.

jncunha 10.03.2020 10:27

Re: reading on a mobile phone
 
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Originally Posted by hairybadger (Post 3156478)
I tried Opera - it didn't help me, unfortunately.

Tapatalk would be a neat solution. I don’t know if it’s still available.

hairybadger 10.03.2020 10:29

Re: reading on a mobile phone
 
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Originally Posted by jncunha (Post 3156489)
Tapatalk would be a neat solution. I donít know if itís still available.

I couldn't find EF listed on Tapatalk last time I tried. My experiences with Tapatalk have been mixed, to say the least - I always found it so slow as to be nearly unusable.


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