iOS: Scroll momentum is disabled when editing long posts

Hi,

When writing long posts in the forum with an iPad, I need to scroll up and down as I’m working on my post.

However, the “scroll momentum” is disabled. So whenever I let go of my finger after swiping up or down, scrolling immediately stops. Instead, it should continue for 2-3 seconds after I stop. In particular, if I swipe quickly, it should go very far.

I believe this is a simple CSS property gone wrong.

Fixing this greatly improves usability with an iPad, when writing longer posts (which I do all the time).

The iPad Pro is becoming a very popular device and outperformed Apple’s expectations in terms of sales. I expect this trend to continue.

Thanks!

I am not seeing a repro of this on meta, could this be something custom with your CSS? Are you able to repro this here?

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I am.

https://share.icloud.com/photos/0gJcIn6rK8VjPAlF5bGab0Ugg

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Oh, I see what this is, I did not read this properly.

Yes, this is a problem due to the way we implemented “preview sync”, definitely something we can improve for ultra long posts, I suspect it is fairly complex to fix though. It is way beyond a 1 line CSS fix we would need to handle gestures here I think.

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Got it. Thanks!

When combined with the “editor only takes up half the height of the page” issue that you and I are discussing in another thread, almost all of my posts qualify as “super long posts” since the textarea is so small :slight_smile:

Understood, I have a physical iPad keyboard and will experiment a bit to see if anything is better in iOS 12, stuff has changed here over the years, but its slow and Apple are not making any developers life easy here.

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This is the most responsive support I think I’ve seen to date from a SaaS company. Bravo.

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Have you tried out this button on the composer?

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I confirmed just now it works great on iPad + external keyboard. It provides a pretty excellent writing experience.

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Yes, it’s much better, thank you very much.

It is the mode I am using the video though. So, momentum scrolling is still an issue within the full-screen mode.

With the following minor tweaks, I think it can work well:

  • Momentum scrolling fix
  • Remember full-screen mode after minimizing and reopening editor (it currently forgets it)
  • Respect the cursor position when tapping inside the textarea (it currently moves the cursor to the beginning of the text)
  • Ability to actually submit from this view

And bonus:

  • Make the full-screen and minimize buttons somewhat larger (they’re a little hard to tap on mobile)
  • Ability to edit title of a new thread from within this mode
  • Somewhat larger font-size on iPad (or customizable somehow)

Hope this helps!

Jon

Very quick one here, everything you see on the screen is customizable, highly recommend you try out our /admin/customize/themes section, try creating a theme component, you can amend CSS for anything you want on your site.

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Ctrl+Enter submits a post, but for some reason this doesn’t work on iOS with a hardware keyboard in my testing tonight.

To change font size see your user preferences, this feature already exists.

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@sam Did you say somewhere that momentum scrolling is now fixed?

No, this is going to be very tricky to work around, my priorities at the moment here are:

  1. Start a movement to get Apple to provide an API that tells us that a keyboard is connected, Already opened a ticked with Apple on the bug tracker and Webkit, zero traction.

  2. Decide with @codinghorror if we can pull in the “I have a keyboard” switch for iPads, instead of requiring a component

  3. Figure our how to do shortcut post submission. Maybe make “option+enter” work for post submitting.

  4. The touch resizing of composer may need a bit of tuning for touch, its a bit finicky

  5. Maybe figure out cut and paste of images on iPad

Momentum thing is not on my list for now

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Super!

I recommend CMD+Enter for submission, that seems to be the iOS standard.

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