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Subject: Re: What about <COLUMNS>
From: [log in to unmask] (Scott E. Preece)
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Date:Mon, 13 Nov 95 09:24:11 EST

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| Isn't multi-column layout mostly useless in a medium with a vertical scrollbar?
| It works fine for magazines and newspapers with short pages, but who wants
| to scroll up and down all the time to follow the columns?

I think some of us are hoping that some browser supplier will "discover"
the idea of pages and do a paginating browser rather than a scrolling
browser.  I don't think physical convenience is the only reason we
abandoned scolls for books in the physical world - I think they're
better ergonomically, too.

There is a fair amount of typographical evidence that relatively short
lines (as you get in a multi-column layout) are more readable than
full-page-width lines.


scott preece
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