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Re: Working on New Styles for W3C Specifications

From: Vincent Hardy <vhardy@adobe.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:28:31 -0800
To: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>, "julian.reschke@gmx.de" <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
CC: "chairs@w3.org" <chairs@w3.org>, "spec-prod@w3.org" <spec-prod@w3.org>
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Hi Richard,

Thanks for your specific feedback and requirements. I have added them to the list of things we want to address with this effort.


From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org<mailto:ishida@w3.org>>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 09:28:46 -0800
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Subject: Re: Working on New Styles for W3C Specifications

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:

(select the 'additional spec. style toggle in the upper right).

and also:
(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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