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Pop Goes the Pop-up Window

For more than a year I’ve been wanting to get rid of the pop-up window and move the comments into the individual posts. Lack of time and concentration, plus a level of Low in the priority list, have pushed this change to today. I know this is a black and white situation, where people either hate or love having the comments in a pop-up window and hate or love having them in the post itself (“inline” for those interested in the technical term). So it is with utter dictatorial power that I have decided to get rid of the comment pop-up. Two technical reasons drove this decision: One, to streamline the MovableType backend with less templates to worry about and, two, the CGI script that makes the comments work was gorging on our bandwidth and CPU minutes. So there you have it.

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PUBLISHED ON Apr.07.2007 BY Armin
Shahla’s comment is:

Nice work, Armin. I like it very much.
Sometimes, it took forever for the pop-up window to display the thread.
I wonder if this will cut-down on extra clicks site-users resort to which result in a single comment being posted twice.

On Apr.07.2007 at 08:27 PM
Andrew Kopietz’s comment is:

Nice. I like this a whole lot better. Pop-ups are so 2004 anyway.


On Apr.08.2007 at 01:06 AM
j. brotherlove’s comment is:

I agree with Andrew. Inline is definitely the right move. I don;t understand why anyone one would prefer windows popping up just to read comments. More importantly, as you mentioned, knocks out another MT template to maintain.

On Apr.08.2007 at 03:38 AM
James John Malcolm’s comment is:

I love them inline!

On Apr.08.2007 at 09:08 AM
debbie millman’s comment is:

i think the "comments" graphic is very, very pretty.

On Apr.08.2007 at 10:59 AM
diane witman’s comment is:

Adios, pop-up windows!

On Apr.08.2007 at 11:49 AM
Mark Notermann’s comment is:

I liked the pop-up. If done correctly—which yours was—they can enhance navigation and support information heirarchy, which translates into a better user experience (mine). The way it was implemented on SpeakUp made me wish to see it so used on other sites.

I understand your reasons for the change, but I still disagree with the 'conventional' thinking on this subject which says that new windows hijack the screen. I've heard the reasoning before, but to me web browsing is not a linear experience and it’s short-sighted to throw out the new window as a concept.

On Apr.08.2007 at 03:36 PM
Mitch Pruitt’s comment is:

Glad to see the pop-ups go.

Having both the post and the comments on the same page allows for easier referencing.

On Apr.09.2007 at 11:37 AM
Tselentis’s comment is:

Be-A-Utifil. Love the streamlined approach!

On Apr.09.2007 at 03:10 PM
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On Apr.09.2007 at 05:20 PM
Jerry’s comment is:

Gracias. Me gusta mucho mejor.

On Apr.11.2007 at 12:16 PM
Joe Clark’s comment is:

Comments, as block-level elements that take up contiguous rectangular space, are not “inline" in any sense, HTML or otherwise.

On Apr.12.2007 at 12:47 AM
Darrel’s comment is:


On Apr.13.2007 at 09:39 AM