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 From Now On
The Educational Technology Journal

Vol 9|No 7|March|2000


Some monitors blow up the size of everything so that little content shows up on each screen and the reader if forced to scroll frequently.

What if you don't know what is hiding?

Out of sight is out of mind?



Sometimes the screen just seems too small to capture an image or allow us to scan more than a few lines of text. This varies dramatically from monitor screen to screen, of course. Older, smaller, 14" screens with poor resolution make it very hard to see and find things. Newer, larger screens with high resolution are better, but unless you have a big budget, screens can be pretty frustrating.

Screens can make it very difficult to explore large images and they may also force a huge amount of uncomfortable scrolling. Printed books may still win out when it comes to art, maps, illustrations and the display of long text passages.

Web designers, if they are sensitive to their readers, usually limit contents of a page to a table no larger than 500 pixels in width. That is what you see in front of you right now. This size table fits into any size monitor without running off the page, but some designers seem to ignore this issue.



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