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From: "Tony Bounds" [EMAIL-REMOVED]>
> I've been following the width threads for awhile. Why wouldn't making
> the text area fluid work ok? The user can then simply resize it to a
> width that works well for them. Some may want to bump up the text
> and widen the viewport a little. Some may be comfortable with the text
> size and narrow the viewport to their tastes. Why go through all of
> fancy acrobatics? Of course, with a static sized column of text I
> I can see how all this would be moot.
Users don't tend to be typography aware.
As long as the can read, they'll read. They don't need to read it well
Hence, it's our job as designers to make sure the moment the page shows
up at the users screen it's readable comfortably. It's nice to leave the
options for adjustments: resizable text, resizable width...
but we need to start with values that are good for most people.
That's also why setting a max-width is essential. I run my computer at
1280x960... I know what dimensions to keep my browser, but my sister
sure isn't used to it. When she first used my computer first thing she
did was maximize the browser. It took her long to realize applications
needed not take up all the screen. It takes getting used to.
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