Ten Things Phoenix is Better at Than Mozilla
Monday January 27th, 2003
#42 Re: Re: You're right
Wednesday January 29th, 2003 6:18 AM
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Partly, you're right - I agree that fixed pixel widths aren't ideal. (There are good reasons for using them, too; it's a trade-off.) I think they are preferable to not having fixed widths at all, if your site is likely to end up with too-wide columns by default on a typical Web browser.
But, as regards intent, I think you're wrong: I do believe that many (half-decent professional) Web designers do specify narrow columns with full intention to keep the word-per-line count reasonable. That's actually one reason why we *have* navigation columns - it's a way to use up that space in order to have a narrower text column, not the other way round as some kind of evil thing that forces narrow text columns.
It's fairly amusing to note that I'm typing this in a text box that's approximately twice as wide as it should be - or, to be accurate, is a little bit too wide but with a font that's far too small... I do sometimes use ctrl-+ to improve the situation, but I wonder why that miniscule font is the default...