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Re: A new meta tag

From: Robert Rothenberg <wlkngowl@unix.asb.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 17:37:58 -0400
Message-Id: <199806082155.RAA16263@unix.asb.com>
To: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
CC: "Adam" <adam@the-site.net>, <www-html@w3.org>
> At 04:35 PM 05/06/98 -0400, Adam wrote:
> >I propose some sort of Resoloution Meta tag ie 
> ><META RES="640,480"> 
> >allowing the browser to resize images and tables and rescale the document to 
> >allow better visability.

No need to create new tags. Especially with the META element. One could use 
something like

  <META NAME="Recommended-Screen" CONTENT="640,480">

which of course is useless if no browsers handle it.

Oh yes: note that name I chose was "Recommended-Screen". Because HTML is 
device independent, so this element applies only to screens (and not printers, voice 
renderers, text terminals, etc.) and it's only a recommendation... the browser is not 
obligated to follow it.

And what should the browser do with this information? Resize the window? Scale the 
window? Allow a scrolling window? Screen resolution has no meaning anyway, since 
pixels do not correspond with any meaningful sizes (dots-per-inch and default font 
sizes vary).

On 8 Jun 98, Liam Quinn wrote:

> [..]
> It would be easier to write good HTML and scalable CSS.  Then pages
> naturally adjust to any browsing environment.

Yes. Combined with scripting as well.

Received on Monday, 8 June 1998 17:38:04 UTC

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