Smooth Scrolling Now Available in Mozilla Nightly Builds

Tuesday March 25th, 2003

Thanks to the fix for bug 174049, the latest Mozilla nightly builds now support IE-style smooth scrolling. This feature is disabled by default. To enable it, use about:config to add the boolean preference general.smoothScroll with a value of true. To disable smooth scrolling, simply set the value of the pref to false. If you're not sure how to modify hidden preferences using about:config then you'll want our handy new guide, How To Modify Hidden Preferences Using about:config.

#13 Re: feedback (Sweeet)

by joe222

Wednesday March 26th, 2003 5:19 AM

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I didn't find any issues with it until I read this thread and compared with IE.

1. In IE scrolling with the wheel mouse seems to follow the setting of how many scroll lines to scroll down with the wheel. This makes it at times, like within this text box I'm using to write this message, a bit too slow as it is set up in mozilla... it takes too many rolls of the wheel mouse to just get to the top or bottom of the box... could also be done to the behaviour I see of this feature when getting to the top or bottom of a page, that it slows down, so in a tiny box like the one I'm now it's pretty slow. 2. When clicking in the arrows to scroll (in the scrollbar), in IE, it follows the same setting of scrolling 3 lines (my setting), in Mozilla it scrolls depending of how long you press, in really smooth chuncks. This is not necessarily bad, but... I use that to go sometimes just a few lines up... would be better if it would go the chunk set in the scrolling option in windows... or, to cover for other OS's sport that setting in mozilla itself (defaulting to the OS's when available) 3. With the touchpad, the driver has a feature to glide as if you used the scroll wheel, the behaviour is more erratic. It seems it doesn't read often enough from the touchpad input. It somehow stops at times... don't know how to explain that better, hope it helps, though :) In IE I can... dance up and down, always following with extreme smoothness my movements on the touchpad. Not as much in Moz.

Other than that the scroll feature would be nice to be a default setting. People who complain are the ones who will have an easier time setting it off if they don't like it. The other way around is not true. And a setting in preferences like IE has to set smooth scrolling would go a long way to make the change even easier.

And finally, a great job. I find it amazingly comfortable. It just keeps making this browser better and better. Thanks! :)