Ten Things Phoenix is Better at Than Mozilla
Monday January 27th, 2003
#32 Re: You're right
Tuesday January 28th, 2003 1:57 PM
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"for instance, people often *think* that a Web page that doesn't fill their browser width is 'wasting' screen space, when in fact the chances are good that the page uses an appropriate text column width, thus making it easier to read. "
That's fine and dandy if the website happens to know what my fontsize is or specifies its width in ems, but the overwhelming majority of pages that make columns narrow aren't doing it to improve readability and aren't specifying width in ems. They're doing it because they assume a 800x600 screen with default font sizes and with the margins, navigation columns, or ad banners that usually take up 25-50% of that screen width, the 400px column is all they're left with and they hardcode it at 400px. Now assume that I've got a 1600x1200 screen and I like to read from a distance of about 3 feet so I zoom the fonts up to about 200%. Now instead of getting about 10 words per line I'm getting 4 or five. That's not a usability win.