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Liquid Design doesn't mean liquid content

Nick Finck

September 3, 2004 at 12:32 PM

So, with all the comments about fixed line-lengths in liquid UIs I have decided to implement a fixed width content area on all article and comment pages on this site. I eventually plan on implementing Svend Tofte's max/min width in Internet Explorer hack to get around some nasty bugs in IE. Firefox will continue to render the page as is. I hope to get both browsers to allow the content text to flex up to 35ems but no more than that. For people running at lower screen resolutions the content will (eventually) be able to scale down to whatever screen size they are using with the exception of any thing smaller than the left column x2 (i.e. PDAs and such) which will be given a different style sheet. All of this is simply to ensure optimal readability (i.e the 4" rule of print). Let me know if the line length on the article pages is to narrow or to wide.


Luke Shingles

September 4, 2004 at 8:15 AM

The width of the articles is good, it's very readable at 1280x960. I can't wait for CSS columns, that will be a huge improvement to readability on the web.

Nick Finck

September 4, 2004 at 1:55 PM

I agree. But just because it's out there doesn't mean it will be adopted quickly by either the browser manufactures or the developers of web sites.

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