Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 22:04 UTC
Windows So, I've been using the Windows 8 Release Preview since it came out, almost exclusively (except for work, since I'm obviously not going to rely on unfinished and untested software for that). I already knew I could get into Metro on my 11.6" ZenBook, but on my 24" desktop, things aren't looking as rosy. Here's an illustrated guide of the most pressing issues I run into, and five suggestions to address them. Instead of just complaining, let's get constructive.
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RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo
by gmlongo on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 22:52 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by gmlongo"
gmlongo
Member since:
2005-07-07

Websites are not fixed width solely because wide screens detract from readability, but because they need to reach as wide an audience as possible; therefore, they need to be readable on as many screens and resolutions as possible.

In any case, this has nothing to do with Metro...which was my original point. Put almost any other app (besides a browser) in the left pane, and the content will be used to its fullest.

And yes, as a software engineer, I understand the need for multiple windows and customization options. But in Windows 8, the desktop still exists, so....

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RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo
by redshift on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 23:07 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo"
redshift Member since:
2006-05-06

But in Windows 8, the desktop still exists, so....


Yes, but it is depreciated. Unnecessary hoops to use it today and gone tomorrow if MS has it's way..

Edited 2012-06-03 23:08 UTC

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RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo
by Aankhen on Mon 4th Jun 2012 08:57 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo"
Aankhen Member since:
2010-01-13

Websites are not fixed width solely because wide screens detract from readability, but because they need to reach as wide an audience as possible; therefore, they need to be readable on as many screens and resolutions as possible.

Fixed‐width layouts are part of the problem, not the solution. Reading a page that uses a single 800px column on a 22″ screen is a pain: I don’t want to squint and I don’t want to put my face right against the monitor, so I bump up the text size… and get to read three words in a line. Reading a page with a fixed width of 1,280px on a 4.3″ screen with a horizontal resolution of 960px is equally annoying, for obvious reasons.

There is no one size fits all solution. Different devices need different layouts, and you can achieve a lot of that on the web using media queries (see http://css-tricks.com/css-media-queries/ for more on that subject) in combination with relative measures and minimum/maximum widths (for example, size your content using ems and set a max-width of 43em on paragraphs).

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RE[7]: Comment by gmlongo
by ndrw on Tue 5th Jun 2012 16:33 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo"
ndrw Member since:
2009-06-30

Actually, it is. One of the basic typesetting rules says not to exceed (on average) 12 words per line or several of inches of column width at normal reading distance.

So, no, stretching the column width to the screen size is not a solution. An automatic multi-column layout is, but html/css does not support it out of the box.

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