[Theforum] RE: Redesign (was: Tagwear queries)

aardvark roselli at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 17 12:36:39 CDT 2002

> From: "Beau Hartshorne" <beau at members.evolt.org>
> > i'd hope that would be unnecessary simply because we'd want the site
> > to work at *any* resolution, but then, the results would still be
> > interesting...
> Even if the site's designed for any resolution, I think resolution
> stats could help for two reasons:
> 1. To help figure out what percentage of horizontal width should be
> reserved for the article. There is some magic line length (400 pixels
> or something) that's supposed to be easiest for most people to read.
> Stats might help us hit the sweet spot on as many machines as
> possible.

traditionally, 30-70 characters per line... thing is, there's no way to
tell what a user's font settings might be, so it's not too easy to
guesstimate what resolution equates to what character count...

> 2. Vertical space. All the empty space in issac's design is soothing
> at 1600x1200, but someone at 800x600 might not see anything but the
> logo and navigation.

like me...

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