Re: Browser maximum WIDTH & HEIGHT! -Reply

Walter Ian Kaye (
Sat, 23 Mar 1996 02:22:52 -0800

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Date: Sat, 23 Mar 1996 02:22:52 -0800
From: (Walter Ian Kaye)
Subject: Re: Browser maximum WIDTH & HEIGHT! -Reply

At 11:56p 03/22/96, Scott E. Preece wrote:

>yes, but...  I would be perfectly happy for my browser to ask me if it
>was alright to resize to a page's preferred size or (better) to open a
>new window of the preferred size without closing the existing main
>window.  And when I use the "open URL in new window" option (which I
>increasingly find myself doing by default because the the "back"
>operation too often involves reloading the page), I would be perfectly
>happy for the new window to come up in the page's preferred size.

Yup, I do the exact same thing, and agree 100%.

>I assume authors would not feel compelled to specify a page size unless
>they had a reason to (for instance, an image of a certain size) and that
>the browser could offer a preference allowed turning off auto-resize for
>those who hate it.

Hmm... maybe this should really be a style sheet option -- sort of an
"optimum range" value, like "500,600,800" (min size for no text obscuring,
optimum size for graphics, maximum size for graphics). This way, you can
have title graphics 600 pixels wide, background and rule gifs of 800 pixels
wide, and have the browser be able to size the window accordingly.
But I wouldn't mind a stop-gap HTML tag in the meantime... ;)

Note that I see no reason to specify height, only width.


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