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Re: question: fixed vs. liquid layout

From: David Dorward <david@us-lot.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 10:47:00 +0100
Message-Id: <1D3A598C-BF7A-11D8-A79D-000A957E4F00@us-lot.org>
To: 'W3C WAI' <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

On 16 Jun 2004, at 08:13, Marco Trevisan > Bazzmann|Mag wrote:

> Sounds really strange, but the fixed one is better for users.

I disagree.

> The first one, at 1024x768, use about 126 chars width (the flash news 
> of
> W3C, for example), the second one about 80 chars width (50 chars if you
> increase font up to 150% of normal size).

The number of characters on a line varies with font size.

In a fixed width layout, the physical line length can not be easily 
modified by the user.

In a flexible width layout, the physical line length can be easily 
modified (within the limits of the hardware) by resizing the browser 

If the font size used by the author[1] is too small or large for the 
reader, then the reader is likely[2] to alter their font size. This 
might well set the number of characters on the line to something 
difficult to read. It is only with a flexible layout that the user 
could adjust the line length to compensate.

[1] Which may be the default font size on their system, a font size 
specified in absolute units in the page style sheet, or their default 
font size modified by relative units in the page style sheet. i.e. 
Whatever font size they are creating their design based on.

[2] Assuming a user who knows how to use their software

David Dorward
Received on Wednesday, 16 June 2004 05:49:12 UTC

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