Perfect Width for Your Online Content

Subject: Perfect Width for Your Online Content
From: Sandy Harris <sandyinchina -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 09:36:21 +0800

On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 5:08 PM, Mohan Arun <marun2 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> Useful for those creatig technical content for online and
> possibly for print, who are concerned about readability
> and comprehension.
> Whatâs the Perfect Width for Your Online Content?

You have prodded one of my buttons. The perfect width
is user-controlled. Authors should not even try to set

Almost anyone who is setting the width -- using tables
and other tricks to control formatting -- is simply doing
it wrong. HTML is not a formatting language.

When I bring up your site on my 1920-wide screen,
do not limit me to your 640 by 480 lowest common
denominator format. The text should flow to fill my

On the other hand, when I have a dozen windows
open and give you only a tiny one, that should work

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