On Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at 22:29 Owen Briggs wrote:
> well, our real problem is overflow; that our browsers handle
> it both badly and differently.
> all i was trying for in box lessons was some robust
> layouts that would fit general needs. i'm not fond of
> multi column float layouts because a bit of overflow
> combined with small screen sizes leads to fairly
> catastrophic failure.
That's exactly what I fear, regarding the dynamic content of
my pages... my test page (see below) still has pretty simple
> you can use relative measures, but in small sizes, say an
> 800x600 screen with a bookmark sidebar taking up
> horizontal space, you can end up without enough space to
> even write 'click this link' on one line. gets worse if the user
> ups their text size.
Well, my little exercise shows all 3 columns on 640x480 with
IE6 (Win 98 SE) font size set to 'big', and even on 800x600
when set to 'very big' (or whatever that's in English
> it'd help if we could use things like minwidth, but we can't
> yet. we've got a very limited palette for the next few years.
> [off-topic rant that we should drag our browser makers over
> the coals so we get full compliance soon instead of maybe
> never, deleted.]
> but if you know your content will work, there's no reason
> not to do a fully fluid layout. personally i prefer it. 'accordian
> style' is a compromise in my view, not real fluid design. but if
> you want robust multi-column layout, the accordian seems
> pretty reliable. i think of it as a starting point.
Well - see above, first reply ;-)
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