Re: Portrait vs. Landscape (was Re: THEAD & TFOOT for columns)

Peter Flynn (pflynn@imbolc.ucc.ie)
17 Aug 1997 23:21:17 +0100


Date: 17 Aug 1997 23:21:17 +0100
From: Peter Flynn <pflynn@imbolc.ucc.ie>
In-reply-to: <33F64094.57505305@worldnet.att.net> (message from Sue Jordan on
To: sjacct@worldnet.att.net
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-id: <199708172221.XAA29202@imbolc.ucc.ie>
Subject: Re: Portrait vs. Landscape (was Re: THEAD & TFOOT for columns)

   On Sat, 16 Aug 97 11:34:13, Peter Flynn wrote, among other things:
   "I think the last people to scroll horizontally were the ancient
   Egyptians."

   The last people to scroll horizontally include those employed in my
   accounting firm, working today, and using spreadsheets to aid in client

Quite right, but I was talking about continuous text, not about
tables. Even your accountants return to the left-hand edge once they
have encountered the subtotals in the right-hand-most column: all
they're doing is using a very wide virtual screen on a very narrow
physical one.

Rightward-scrolling papyruses start at one end and go on until they
come to the far end, then stop, because the "words" are written/read
_vertically_ down the height of the scroll. Different model.

///Peter