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[3]: Comment by gmlongo
by lucas_maximus on Mon 4th Jun 2012 10:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by gmlongo"
lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

Way to not understand Elastic/Responsive Design. You are supposed to put new content in the empty space and/or increase the text size to suit.

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RE[4]: Comment by gmlongo
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2012 10:34 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by gmlongo"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Way to not understand Elastic/Responsive Design. You are supposed to put new content in the empty space and/or increase the text size to suit.


That's ridiculous. Optimal line length is only about ~12 words, based on the arch the human eye can optimally scan without straining other muscles at average eye-desktop display distance. Increasing the font size to maintain this optimal line length at 1920pix width would require 36pix font height - which is pure insanity.

Adding additional content is easier said than done. Sure, you can fill up the whitespace with pointless junk like stock images or enlarged quotes, but they add absolutely nothing to the reading experience. Multiple columns, as some suggested, is unworkable as well, since it would require weird up/down eye movements, and would generally looks like ass.

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RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo
by WereCatf on Mon 4th Jun 2012 10:46 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by gmlongo"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Multiple columns, as some suggested, is unworkable as well, since it would require weird up/down eye movements, and would generally looks like ass.


I have to disagree with that. It's mostly a matter of how and what you place in the columns and how you place the columns themselves. Even here on OSNews you use two columns in multiple places to separate different kinds of content and/or to categorise content; it's just a matter of designing it properly.

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RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo
by lucas_maximus on Mon 4th Jun 2012 10:57 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by gmlongo"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I didn't say it was the be all an end all solution, did I?

I am just saying that it is a technique to scale websites to devices capabilities.

As for extra content, Google for example put in the JavaScript Preview in the "right hand whitespace". The page still works at half width.

Edited 2012-06-04 11:00 UTC

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