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Is the default 283-column text OK for human reading?   [OT]

By: Slobodan Vujnovic   Homepage   France  
Date: Feb 21,2019 at 16:07
In Response to: lI|1o0O (Martijn Coppoolse)

I just opened this post in Firefox and hit Ctrl+0 to select
the default font size, for "normal" people - why else
would that be set as the default size by the product designers?

http://www.ztw3.com/forum/forum_entry.php?id=122146

This sentence spreads itself until the word "ways" hits
the right margin and wraps. The position is column 283!

Agreed. All the more so because most techniques that are being used today to display text (plain text, RTF, HTML, markdown et al.; and the appropriate multiline editing controls in all OSes) have been in use since at least two decades, and have supported ‘soft’ line breaks and ways

I can't think of a place in real life when this is acceptable, except, of
course, the legalise small print, that you are supposed NOT to even
attempt to read. This is what reading more elaborate posts in this forum
look like, unless you increase the font considerably, or reduce the
browser width.

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