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July 27, 2009


bob r

Minor quibble: it's 4:3 -- not 5:4.


My personal preference would be that the text is not constrained to _any_ aspect ratio; I'll set my browser how I want it and I expect the text to flow properly within that window.


Paul T, from up Banff way in Canada, sent me this comment, which for some reason, wouldn't post when he tried to.

(Start of Paul's comment)

Guys, it's not so much that they're formatting for widescreen as that they may be building for screens that are higher resolution in general. (I much prefer 5:4 too, but mine are at 20 inches now and are 1600 pixels wide.)

But anybody who is building a blog that doesn't read properly at 1024 pixels wide (the full-screen resolution of a typical 17 inch monitor) is simply blowing it. Big time. 1024 is a web standard for very good reason.

Never mind that I have the pixels, I don't WANT to have to read a site at full screen. It's called Windows for a reason. I want to be able to manage content in multiple windows at a time, so a blog doesn't get to have my full screen.

So if the blogs you're complaining about are building at much wider than 1024 pixels, you have every right to be royally pissed. I'd be curious to see a selection of their URLs, as most blogging platforms produce templates at 1024 by default anyway.

The one possibility I can think of is that the resolution setting on your monitors has been set too low in order to make font size bigger & easier to read. It's a common technique a lot of us more "mature" (shya right) readers use, but it's not the best solution, for just the reason your running in to.

Right-click on your desktop and click Properties. Under the Settings tab, what's your screen resolution set to? If it's lower than 1024 wide (likely 1024x768) you're not getting the most out of your monitor. You can up the resolution to the 1024 setting for best sharpness and clarity, then use the other controls under the Appearance tab to ask for bigger icons and larger screen fonts.

Much better and your eyes will be happier as most laptop monitors of that era are built to only display with full sharpness at their "native" resolution which is likely 1024x768.

For even better sharpness on an LCD screen like a laptop, you should also be using Cleartype for font rendering. You turn that on under the Effects button of the Appearance tab (under Use following method to smooth edges of screen fonts, select Cleartype).

(End of Paul's comment)

Gerry N.

Damn, RD, I feel a lot better now too. I wondered why I had to side scroll into the neighbor's front room to read some blogs, thought it was me. I'm gonna leave comments on the blogs I like letting 'em know they're losing a regular reader if they can't make their stuff legible.

Gerry N.


Thanks for saying it so well.

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