Re: RE : The Final Word on Browsers and the Future

Scott E. Preece (preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com)
Tue, 22 Oct 1996 10:48:27 -0500


Date: Tue, 22 Oct 1996 10:48:27 -0500
Message-Id: <199610221548.KAA09337@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
From: "Scott E. Preece" <preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
To: abigail@ny.fnx.com
CC: www-html@w3.org
In-reply-to: "Abigail"'s message of Tue, 22 Oct 1996 11:09:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: RE : The Final Word on Browsers and the Future

<<My intention is to not conduct any more of this discussion on the
mailing list, which has seen more than enough of our opinions... -sep>>

 From: "Abigail" <abigail@ny.fnx.com>

| ++ I agree, almost.  I agree that pointing to features is more useful than
| ++ pointing to the browser (since the same feature may appear
| ++ asynchronously in different browsers).  The "resize to just fit this
| ++ line", however, is often useful.  Many sites include graphics or wide
| ++ tables that simply work a lot better if the window is the right size.
| 
| But then 'resizing to just fit this line' doesn't work, does it?
| It will only work when using the same font and browser as the author
| used.
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Although it *can* be precise (as, for instance, with pre-formatted
tables), you're right that it's usually just an approximation.
It's not a *big* deal, but the cost of being wrong or of the user
ignoring it is also, as you note, small.

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| 
| ++ Authors shouldn't do this without thinking about it, but when they *do*
| ++ need to do it, it's nice to tell the reader in advance, so she can set
| ++ things up before the data arrives.
| 
| Huh? I've yet to see a browser I cannot resize after the data has
| arrived.
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Well, yes.  On the other hand, for a page with large or complicated
tables, the re-plot time may be irritating and I have sometimes seen
browsers go out and re-fetch the pages after a re-size.

scott

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