"Full screen" mode for public pages
When a publicly shared note is set to "full screen" mode, a small popup appears for about 1.5 seconds shortly after this operation, containing
- the information that the note would be in full screen mode
- a link to exit the "full screen" mode
- a hint to the shortcut to exit the "full screen" mode (ESC)
After these 1.5 seconds the hint is gone and there is no linked icon or linked text to restore the original view.
"Full screen" is a misnomer here. The actual mode means nothing else than that the top bar with the header and the links is temporarily hidden. The correct term in this case would be "full window", because that's what you see: the note is displayed in the whole browser window. It doesn't fill the whole screen.
The link to return to normal view is only available for about 1.5 seconds. It's clear that no realistic scenario can be imagined where this link would make sense for such a short duration. So what is it for?
- Even if many users know the function of the "Esc" key, it cannot be assumed that this is common sense. Especially in this case, where it's not "full screen" mode at all. Also, a hint in the form "(ESC)" will only be understood by users who are familiar with shortcuts anyway.
- The popup should still inform about the view mode as before, because it makes sense.
- The popup does not need to contain a link to exit it, because the duration of the popup is too short.
- The term "full screen" should be replaced by "full window", because that's what it actually is.
- A hint to the shortcut (ESC) should be written out to be generally understandable, at the same time this requires an extension of the popup duration so that the hint can be read comfortably. Alternatively, the hint can be omitted altogether if there is a permanent link to return to the normal view.
- In "full window" mode there should always be link to return to normal view in an easily recognizable place.