OT: Quote of the day

John Sessoms jsessoms002 at nc.rr.com
Sat Oct 3 12:10:49 EDT 2009


From: Joseph McAllister
> peaking of computers, and interfaces, and ergonomics, brings me to a  
> question.
> 
> How many of you members of this list have screens that limit you to 79  
> or 80 characters in width?
> 
> I know on my Apple ][ and my original Macintosh Plus, that was the  
> screen width. As such, mail programs and word processing software  
> defaulted to a 79 column line wrap to prevent the ugliness of having  
> sentences disappear off the right hand side of the viewing space.
> 
> That was 30 years ago, and I seriously doubt anyone here is still  
> constrained by such mechanical bounds.
> 
> In this age of wide screens, large screens, variable text sizes, and  
> non-monospaced fonts, I'm curious as to why so many of the URLs I see  
> posted are wrapped, for one thing, and not maintained after that wrap  
> as a link?
> 
> I present that this is a result of settings set once, or by default,  
> that impose these limitations without need or reason.
> 
> How about we all take a look at what we've got, and free the wrap to  
> it's modern equivalent, the window size dictated wrap.
> 
> Thank you

I'm LIKE it set to 72, so why should I change?




More information about the PDML mailing list