Browser Controls

When opening the web browser, a new page automatically loads. So far, it's close to the same browsing experience that you've always had on your desktop or laptop computer. Navigation is similar, but is controlled by finger gestures and the scroll ball on the device.

The first thing that you'll notice as you're navigating a page is that as soon as you start to move the page around, a small set of controls appears in the lower portion of the web page. These controls, shown in Figure 5.8, enable you to zoom in or out of a web page, and to shrink the page to select a portion of it instead of scrolling from top to bottom or left to right, as shown in Figure 5.9.

Zoom Controls

FIGURE 5.8

Zoom Controls

FIGURE 5.9

FIGURE 5.8

Zoom controls enable you to zoom in or out on any web page. The cross-hair selector enables you to shrink a page and select a specific area of it.

FIGURE 5.9

You can shrink a page and select a portion of that page to jump to instead of scrolling through the whole page.

When you touch either the plus or minus sign to zoom in or out on a page, you'll notice that most pages reflow automatically. This means the content on the page redistributes to fit within the browser window and reduces the amount of left-to-right scrolling needed. It works on most pages, but it's a useful feature in a web browser.

Reflow means to redistribute. In the case of website content, reflowing occurs when a user zooms in or out on a page. The text is resized and redistributed to reduce the amount of right-to-left scrolling that is necessary to see all the content on the page. However, reflowing the page does make it longer, so it becomes necessary to scroll up and down more.

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