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Opera moves to WebKit and V8

Opera moves to WebKit and V8

Posted Feb 18, 2013 19:08 UTC (Mon) by dlang (subscriber, #313)
In reply to: Opera moves to WebKit and V8 by drag
Parent article: Opera moves to WebKit and V8

> Text is unpleasant to read when it's in wide rows on a screen. Much better to have narrow columns. At least in my experience.

The problem is that lots of websites will have a 2-3" wide column of text in a 19" wide window, the rest of the browser window is blank.

This is even worse than super wide text.

if you let your text go the width of the browser window the user can narrow the window if they want. If you lock it to a really narrow column, the user can't widen it.

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Opera moves to WebKit and V8

Posted Feb 18, 2013 21:40 UTC (Mon) by pboddie (guest, #50784) [Link]

Once again someone makes my point for me better than I did! And, in any case, I can quite happily read your comment below this editing window even though it occupies around 80% of the screen width of my admittedly small monitor.

People seem to forget that observations about the readability of wide columns of text are accompanied by recommendations that do not simply end with "restrict the width to ten words". Such recommendations came about through centuries of experience with the printed word and included other measures such as increasing the line spacing or "leading", or using shorter paragraphs (a general trend in mainstream writing, particularly in electronic media).

I do agree that CSS is a fairly poor tool for dealing with flexible layout and thus delivering multiple columns without a lot of extra work, however.

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