[pmwiki-users] A question about skins

cl at isbd.net cl at isbd.net
Mon Aug 7 15:32:48 CDT 2006

On Mon, Aug 07, 2006 at 09:27:27PM +0100, Marc Cooper wrote:
>  said...
> > I have been playing with (well looking at mostly) some of the skins at
> > http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/Cookbook/ and I have a question.
> > 
> > I have quite a hi-res screen that I run at 1600x1200, many of the
> > skins (as a result?) seem to only use a small portion of the width of
> > my browser window.  For example the "Lean Skin" uses only about half
> > of the width of my browser window even though I'm running the browser
> > at somewhat less than full screen.
> > 
> > Other skins do use the fulll window area.
> > 
> > Is this just a minor fault in the design of those skins that don't use
> > the full width or am I missing something obvious?  The screen shot
> > examples of "Lean Skin" don't look at all like what I'm seeing, they
> > show very narrow borders either side of the 'body'.  I get borders of
> > ten or fifteen cm.
> Yup, empirical typesetting experience - over a few centuries - has 
> determined that the optimal length of a line of alphabetic text is 
> approximately 65 characters, so, many skins will be designed to limit 
> the width of the reading column.
OK, makes sense, I always complain like crazy at work when people
write programs with lines a lot more than 80 characters.  We even have
it in our coding standards that lines should be limited to around 80

> When you use a big monitor, you are not obliged to run it full screen 
> ;-) 
I don't, I always wonder why other people do, it makes one wonder why
they use a multi-tasking GUI.  :-)

Chris Green (chris at halon.org.uk)

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