[Python-Dev] Playing with a new theme for the docs

Ben Finney ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Sun Mar 25 04:22:02 CEST 2012

Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> writes:

> On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM, Ben Finney <ben+python at benfinney.id.au> wrote:
> > You have control over how large your window size is, and if you have
> > purposes so different that they demand different widths, then you
> > can easily make different-width windows.
> I don't know about yours, but my web browsers all have one width
> regardless of which tab is open.

Yes, all the tabs have the same size within one window.

So PJ can instantly make a *new* window for the different purpose that
needs a different window width. Then all the tabs within that new window
will have the right width for this new purpose, and tabs in the existing
window will continue to have the right width for the other purpose.

If you have a web browser which is incapable of opening a new window,
let me introduce you to Firefox, Chromium, Epiphany, or any other
widely-used free-software desktop web browser that does what it's told.

> However, I agree that web sites shouldn't impose a width. Let it flow
> out!

For some purposes, I can see a benefit: some sites truly are best
treated as specific applications with a specific interface width.

Documentation – or any other passage of many paragraphs of prose – is
not one of those, and should not be artificially limited in presentation
width by the site author. The web browser frees the viewer to have text
presented how they're best able to read it; don't hobble that.

(The irony of my simultaneously holding the position that messages via
email and Usenet should be limited to 80 columns plain text is not lost
on me.)

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Ben Finney

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