[TYPO3-typo3org] TYPO3.org nice but 800px?

Erik Svendsen erik at linnearad.no
Wed Feb 15 13:19:14 CET 2006

Hello Steffen,

> Let me share my point of view.
> I don't mind pages looking not that pretty they could look. Prettyness
> in most cases is a question of taste. But I *do* mind pages stressing
> my
> eyes. In the case of typo3.org, we loose readability not by increasing
> font size, but using a fixed width of 800px (450px for content). So
> either I stress my eyes by small fonts or by unneccessary line breaks.

My eyes get stressed when column width are to large. I normaly find column 
width of 450 - 520px works best. And I don't like floating width at all. 
And I find the font size nearly perfect. So we prefer different solutions. 
But maybe the width should been about 850 - 900 px to get more space for 
tables, illustrations i manuals and so on. Even if column width about 450 
px is regarded as best when usability and easy reading considered, it's not 
any facit. It depends also on fontsize and fonttype. A List Apart are using 
a width of 540px on content.

> From a users point of view, we only need to regard *one* thing: Give
> 'em
> back the control over their screens.
> We therefore don't have to deny designers "dotcom optical" point of
> view.
> Since there's CSS to control the appearance of web pages, we have the
> possibility to fit all needs. If there are volunteers, a second CSS
> stylesheet could be added.

I agree. If possible this is a superb solution. But why not let Robert finish 
the work before we are thinking about a second CSS. 

> My favorite example of TYPO3 driven, accessible, usable and user
> friendly website is:
> http://schwangau.de
> Compare the german version with the english one. You well see the
> difference. Then play around with the CSS Options in the german
> Version. You can find them in the left column, called "Einstellungen".
> Choose between 2 or 3 column layout, remove stylesheet ...

Nice solution.

Else I like the use of colors, the overall look of both the typo3.com and 
typo3.org. Very good work both Design Team and Robert. For me it's looks 
like a new era of TYPO3. But it need to validate when it's finished.

Erik Svendsen

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