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lynx-dev screen widths

From: Philip Webb
Subject: lynx-dev screen widths
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 06:49:21 -0400 (EDT)

some people have claimed -- recently & earlier --
that preformatting documentation with <br> or <pre>...</pre>
causes problems for screens wider/narrower than the traditional 79 chars:
BL displayed text 12 (rather far-fetched) & 50 (more realistic) chars wide,
the latter causing awkward line-wrapping with <br>'s at c 65 chars.

normally, reading material is narrower than 79 chars: eg from my shelf:

  SAS manual                80
  hardback novel            60
  paperback novel           60
  New Yorker                40 / column
  Financial Times (London)  25 / column

anything wider than c 80 chars is likely to be hard on R -> L eye movement,
which is presumably why magazines & newspapers -- for quick reading --
divide their texts into columns much narrower than 80 chars;
Lynx in fact uses 70 chars (cols 4 - 73) out of the 79 available.

so i have a question & a (repeat) suggestion:
how many lynx-devers regularly use Lynx with a screen width
noticeably more/less than 79 chars & in what contexts?
how difficult would it be to add an Option to vary the screen width,
incl using the whole of cols 1 - 79 available on a regular screen?
there might also be an Option to suppress <br>, if it's causing problems.

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