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Old 09-30-2010, 05:13 PM
Grant Edwards
Default ridiculously wide handbook pages

I've noticed recently that the Gentoo handbook web pages are
ridiculously wide. (It seems to me that they didn't used to be, but I
wouldn't swear to that).

For example, look at this page:


The normal text paragraphs have lines that average over 160 characters
per line. The generally accepted guideline for line length in order to
maintain good readability is 40-80. The above page's lines are 2-4
times as long as recommended for good readability, and they are in
fact so long that I can't make my browser wide enough to see an entire

Line lengths that long make the pages hard to read even if you _can_
make your browser wide enough to show an entire line.

The regular handbook is a little better:


That has lines that average about 140 characters. That's still much
longer than what I'd consider good practice.

Do the extremely long lines in the handbook web pages bother anybody

I can understand that things like example code blocks or sample
command input/output blocks might need to be wide enough to require
horizontal scrolling of a browser window, but normal text paragraphs
with 160 characters per line?

Grant Edwards grant.b.edwards Yow! Is this going to
at involve RAW human ecstasy?

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