Friday, August 31st, 2007p>Peter Van Dijck thinks that long pages work and he points to Wikipedia and pages like this as proof.
The content + a lot of comments world can definitely make sense. You can use Cmd+F to hunt around, and the main content is still at the top.
We have in the past been obsessed with “above the fold” and “page views are king”. It is really painful when you still see articles split into short chunks, and it leads me to find the “printer friendly” page in very short order.
The iPhone is also showing that scrolling is a nice UI tool, especially when you have lists. The auto-keep-scrolling technique works really well on the phone.
We shouldn’t get complacent though, there is a reason why you see heat graphs showing where users click, and if they can’t see it, they don’t know it’s there.