Aside from it being actually worse than Microsoft Paint, the "digital whiteboard" can't be moved outside the browser window like a popup which would actually be better in this instance because it would allow the user to move the content the browser window and so as to not be over the top of the exam question. On my computer with a 1080p display.
While on a 4k screen I might be able to move it below the text but it still bounded inside the browser window.
Maybe if your programmers did something like found here:
with a few slight modifications, the popup window triggered by an onclick event handler. Otherwise, we are moving the window around to see what we need to cross reference with the notes. I'm not accepting excuses for lousy UI / UX design. I can't get the text of the exam questions to wrap at the point where the bounded floating window of a sort so the text is not covered by the digital white board. Personally, I would have the digital whiteboard on the left or right side of the exam text so I can see the exam text and the white board content at all times.
If it is going to be bounded, I would rather it be like a traditional framed environment where the whiteboard shows up on left or right-hand side but never occluding the text of the questions. Preferably, I would like it to be like a popup that I can A) resize it, B) move to a side of the screen out of the way of the exam text so I don't have a window that I can't really move it to a area of the screen.... so it isn't in my way and causing me to spend time moving the window around. On a 1080p resolution monitor, it will be something I would have to almost constantly be doing. On a 4K screen, I might be able to reduce that issue a little bit but it will still be an unnecessary inconvenience.
Popup windows are not inherently evil even though it has been abused. In fact, it's a feature of web programming which can have usefulness. In this situation, it might be more useful to be able to move the whiteboard outside the boundary of the browser window that the exam is running inside.
If having it bounded inside a browser windows is a must then I would be using something like three.js and be able to make use of a 3d virtual environment with simple objects in the 3d scene with the exam question as a texture on one object, and another object having the PDF viewer, etc. If NCARB and the software company developing the exam software, actually did that, I would actually be impressed.
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