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Re: WANTED: Design for documentation (Photoshop power users!)

From: Patrick McCarty
Subject: Re: WANTED: Design for documentation (Photoshop power users!)
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2008 13:31:03 -0700

On Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 4:58 PM, Alexander Kobel <address@hidden> wrote:
> Sebastian Menge wrote:
>> Am Fri, 26 Sep 2008 17:47:56 +0200
>> schrieb Alexander Kobel <address@hidden>:
>>> However, one suggestion: Have you talked about the size of the
>>> navigation sidebar? On my 13" MacBook (1280x800), there is /plenty/ of
>>> space wasted [...] but I guess I'd prefer a little narrower setting in
>>> favour of the main text. Just my two pence...
>> Be aware that long lines are hard to read. (That's the reason why
>> newspapers are typeset in multiple columns.) When it comes to screen
>> resolution and web design, this is a real issue. One option (and my
>> preferred) is to fix the width of the html and center the whole thing.
>> Wasted space and screen resolutions are not good points, because they
>> are very subjective and likely to change.
> Yes and no, or better no and yes. If you want to go for a nice look,
> your fixed-width-solution would be my favorite, too. Actually, if you
> happen to have a real screen (some 24" width 1920x1200 at the campus
> here) and want to keep a reasonable typography, that's your only chance.

I like these layouts too, but I expect many more IE hacks would be
needed given the current layout...

> So, here's another suggestion:
> I just looked at the manual at different sizes, and I agree that we
> should not decrease the size of the navigation bar too far - it makes
> things too worse for smaller screens.
> But, couldn't we try a minimum-width in absolute values, say 240px (or
> about 16em, to respect user font size settings), and a more narrow
> default width in percent (say 20%)?

Hmm.  I didn't consider the {min,max}-width rules.  I think using a
max-width for the TOC pane would be more appropriate though.

> Another idea. Alternative stylesheets. Cool thing.
> Perhaps we can also offer a safe-and-sound version, and have this
> "ugly-but-efficient" narrow-TOC solution as a "large screen optimized
> version"?

Good idea.  I'll start experimenting with this.


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