[wp-hackers] Re: The fixed with of the admin area

Charles lists07 at wiltgen.net
Wed Mar 5 05:15:29 GMT 2008

>> Gmail and Google Groups follow method (2).  They use a fluid layout
>> but ensure that line lengths remain reasonable via means like
>> fixed-width containers.
> You're incorrect. GMail is full width -- no fixed width containers
> except the sidebar and that doesn't count.

Right, that's why I used the phrase "means like" after I'd inspected the
HTML.  I don't know what Gmail is doing specifically, but the email in my
inbox is wrapped properly.  Maybe it's magic and only works for me?

Anyway, it's been known for a hundred years that text blocks meant for
reading can't be too long without impacting humans' ability to read them.
You certainly won't find anyone advocating 22" wide text fields.

This is my modest attempt to educate whoever's listening about usability.
I'm not interested in a debate, so let's be lazy about it and move on.
-- Charles

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