[linux-elitists] Separating Content from Presentation [was: Seperating Content from Presentation]
Wed Jun 9 18:06:14 PDT 2004
Date: Wed, 09 Jun 2004 15:16:13 +1000
From: Mike MacCana <firstname.lastname@example.org>
On Mon, 2004-05-31 at 15:28, Ben Finney wrote:
> > On 31-May-2004, Mike MacCana wrote:
> > > On Sun, 2004-05-30 at 17:28, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> > > > Please set your mailer/editor linewrap to 68-75 characters. I
> > > > strongly recommend 72 as a good default..
> > > Maillers shouldn't wrap at all. Wrapping is a terrible idea
> > > assumes one's audience:
> > > 1. Reads their email in a monospaced font
> > No, it doesn't assume this. If the line-wrapped mail is rendered
> > user's chosen font, it is no less readable if the lines are
> One line (with lots of i characters) is half as long an another
> lots of ems). Sounds unreadable to me.
Now we're seesawing toward a sound rule of thumb based on research
way back in the time of the Harvard Mark I (or earlier) -- adopted
by typographers & advertising copywriters trying to make reading
easy for prospective customers.
The rule: For optimum readability, use lines 1.5 times the length of
the pertinent lower-case alphabet.
Hubris rivaling billg's incites some computer people to reinvent
wheels almost as old as the kind with an axle. Too often they botch
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