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Re: [CSSWG] Resolutions 2007-08-28

From: Philip TAYLOR <Philip-and-LeKhanh@Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 23:31:45 +0100
Message-ID: <46D74551.10403@Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org>
To: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>
CC: www-style@w3.org



David Woolley wrote:
> 
> Bert Bos wrote:
> 
>> I use 'max-width: 35em' for that.
>>
> That's what I was going to say as well.

Well, that address a part (but not all) of the problem.

Firstly, the guidance suggests that there is a minimum,
as well as a maximum, number of characters per line for
optimal readability in running text, so in practice we'd
need something like :

	min-width: 20em; max-width: 35em

Secondly, there is at least one well-known and widely
used browser that does not honour max-width.

And thirdly (and this is the real reason we went for
dynamic font sizing in the first place), we want to
make maximum use of the user's browser window, so
we actually set font size to cause the overall design
to occupy approximately 90% of the available real
estate, whilst still honouring the typographic
recommendations concerning the optimal length of line.

Philip TAYLOR
Received on Thursday, 30 August 2007 22:32:17 GMT

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