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Page Readability

Page Readability

One of the biggest gripes that I had with the Windows Mobile 6.1 browser was that pages were often displayed so small that they were impossible to read. Microsoft has done a good job of addressing this issue in Windows Phone 7.

There are a couple of things that you can do to make a Web page easier to read. For starters, the phone has a built-in accelerometer that detects the phone's orientation and adjusts the display accordingly.

Just flipping the phone on its side goes a long way toward improving the way that a Web page is displayed. You can see what I mean in Figure D.

Figure D Turning the phone on its side causes a Web page to be displayed in landscape orientation.

As you will recall, I mentioned that the version of Internet Explorer that came with Windows Mobile 6.5 included a zoom icon. You could click this icon to access a zoom bar, which you could move up and down to control the zoom level. Even though the zoom control was a much needed improvement, the interface was a little bit touchy, and it usually took me a few tries to zoom the page to the desired size.

In Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has done away with the zoom control in favor of a simpler interface. Now, if you want to zoom the screen you can simply use two fingers to make stretch and pinch gestures until the browser window adjusts to the desired size. This feature works much better than the Windows Mobile 6.5 zoom control.

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