September 1, 2004
Sounds nice in theory.
In reality this is just another set of asumptions.
Assume giving control to users is A Good thing and Nice Idea. Well it may be so.
Assume users want to control something (assuming they do know how).
Assume users care to resize browsers (Try it. Honestly.
Have some 10 sites opened and fiddle around with your browser. Or provide some reliable statistics how many users prefer to surf with browsers maximized. No try to resize browser from maximized state). Digital-web is pain to read. Webstyle guide is even more so.
www.simplebits.com is pleasure to read. www.stopdesign.com and www.dkeithrobinson.com are too. The reason? I bet you know it.
How about assuming that users come to use, not to customize?
There was an discussion and much was said there, some good point made.
Regarding books – they are products of hundredes years of evolution, polished almost to perfection. Was print media constrained by format common for the most books from the very begining of the industry? I doubt so.
What we have now is the product of long evolution.
And I honestly cannot see why optimal line lenght working
for books all of sudden should cease to work in browser.
Just because the media is flexible? How far flexibility
is from dissociation?
No, I am not against flexibility. Just give me 35 ems wide column to read in comfort. Spare me from navigation
spreading across my 21” monitor.
Don’t try to flood all available space just because you can to. And for the God’s sake, don’t force me to resize my browser!