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Subject: Re: (Fwd) Re: [MHTML] Good usage of HTML in e-mail
From: Tony Hansen <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:IETF working group on HTML in e-mail <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 27 Jan 1999 07:39:28 -0500

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Jacob Palme wrote:
> (3) Why use size=-1
> -------------------
> (a) Many web pages require 640 pixels width to avoid
>     horizontal scrolling.
> (b) So people set their web browser windows to at
>     least 640 pixels width to avoid horizontal
>     scrolling.
> (c) But since there are quite a lot of "simplistic"
>     web pages which employes HTML as mostly a logical
>     language, such web pages do not employ any line
>     length restriction.
> (d) With 640 pixels width, such pages are very
>     difficult to read with small fonts, because
>     the lines will contain very many small characters
>     in one line.
> (e) So most people set their browsers to a rather
>     large default font to be able to read such pages.
>     Thus, their choice of default font is governed
>     not only by their eyesight, but also by the
>     wish to avoid difficult-to-read long lines.

Looking around at people's browsers in my aisle at work, very few of
them have done as you suggest that "most people do". So my experience
would lead to totally different conclusions from what you continue with.

        Tony Hansen
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