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Re: Working on New Styles for W3C Specifications

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 17:28:46 +0000
Message-ID: <4ED3C4CE.5090202@w3.org>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
CC: Vincent Hardy <vhardy@adobe.com>, "chairs@w3.org" <chairs@w3.org>, "spec-prod@w3.org" <spec-prod@w3.org>
Yikes, please don't force me to work with a fixed width of text - 
please make it a % of the window width so that I can widen by stretching 
the window if I want.

Although I do normally like a narrowish column for on-screen reading, 
there are circumstances where I want to see more content at a time, and 
I'd like to be able to do that by controlling, myself, how much of the 
content i see.  Stretching the window allows me to do that.

The same goes for situations where I may want to compare multiple 
windows on a screen - the fixed width of this column loses information 
on the right side if I make my window too narrow.

In addition, please provide an option to print specs without such narrow 
columns. This is to save on paper. I often print out specs to review 
them for i18n issues. It already takes up a lot of paper, and if this 
fixed column width is forced on me for printing, I will probably use up 
twice as much.


On 28/11/2011 16:58, Julian Reschke wrote:
> On 2011-11-28 17:52, Vincent Hardy wrote:
>> Dear Working Group Chairs,
>> As part of editorial work in the CSS and SVG Working Groups, I have
>> started a specification styling project to improve the readability of
>> our specifications. I have been working with Ben Schwarz, a designer and
>> typographer with experience [1] in this area. I will also be working
>> with Elika Etemad and Divya Manian on this effort. We have an Editor's
>> Draft that illustrates the draft styles:
>> http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css3-transforms/
>> (select the 'additional spec. style toggle in the upper right).
>> and also:
>> http://dvcs.w3.org/hg/FXTF/raw-file/tip/custom/index.html
>> (which uses the style by default).
>> If you are interested in providing feedback on the styles or wish to
>> participate in this project, please contact me, otherwise no actions are
>> required of your group. In a few months, in coordination with the W3C
>> Comm Team, we will assess the feedback we receive and determine whether
>> we should seek broader adoption of the styles.
>> ...
> I know that this will get me into trouble, but anyway: I *like* reading
> specs in wide windows. I *want* long lines. I can understand that others
> prefer narrower columns, but how about just resizing the browser window?
> Best regards, Julian

Richard Ishida
Internationalization Activity Lead
W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)

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