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By: Martijn Coppoolse   Homepage   Voorburg, NL  
Date: Feb 22,2019 at 05:15
In Response to: I run everything maximized (Slobodan Vujnovic)

> All my apps run Maximized -
> ZTree, browsers, Office, YouTube.
> I launch Windows Explorer via Win+E, and it's instantly followed
> by Alt+Space,X. I launch Task Manager via Ctr+Shift+Esc, again,
> followed by Alt+Space,X.
> I have two 24" screens and even the smallest Control Panel applet
> (or today's Settings panels), if it can be maximized, it is.
> It's a habit, and I have a feeling that I do much less
> scrolling/panning
> this way, let alone making the columns, such as those in Task Manager,
> as wide as possible, and also to acomodate more of them. Also,
> I have never, ever dragged an object to another app. I haven't
> seen my Desktop since last reboot (weeks ago).
> So, I'm also reading this forum in a fully maximized Firefox --
> isn't everybody?

Yes and no. On my own lap- or desktops, personally, yes. When I’m using my brother’s 40" 4K screen, no. There's hardly any website that benefits from such a large screen; on the contrary, it makes relatively well-designed sites waste a lot of space, and badly-designed (or old) sites become almost unreadable, for the reasons you’re railing against here.

> Does anyone shrink the width to less than 100% of their browser?
> I mean, my adjacent tab is Gmail, and if the width isn't 100%,
> it's unusable! Same for YouTube, etc., I want as much context
> as possible. So, maximized all the way!
> So, when I read posts with soft returns here -- which are all
> of them, it's like watching tennis from the judge's chair, because
> I'm at 100% width and about 200+ chars fit on a line. No book/magazine
> has lines this wide, just think about it.

Since I know you usually don’t shy away from customizations, can I suggest the following?

  1. First, install the Stylus browser extension for Firefox.
  2. Then, visit a forum post.
  3. Click on the Stylus button in the toolbar
  4. In the pop-up window, click on the ‘this URL’ part of the link ‘Write a user style for ztw3.com/this URL’
  5. In the editor that now opened, in the lower part of the screen, remove the last part of the URL so that only http://ztw3.com/forum/forum_entry.php remains
  6. Then, in the code area, enter the following:
    .posting {
    max-width: 40em;
  7. Press the [Save] button in the top left corner.
From now on, all ZTreeWin posts should be readable without feeling like you’re watching a tennis match.

Better yet, you can change the font to a monospace one for every post if you want, by adding the line
font-family: "Courier New", monospace;
above or below the max-width one. You can substitute "Courier New" by whatever font name you want, provided it’s installed on your computer.

That way, you won’t have to edit your posts to suit your own reading preferences. :-)

Incidentally, you may want to specify multiple URLs in the user style (there's a plus and minus button on the lower right for that), e.g. http://ztw3.com/forum/posting.php if you want the user style to be applied to the preview as well.
Also, I think the http:// and https:// URLs should be specified separately.

> My posts don't require shaking my head left-right. I made them narrow
> to mimic traditional width, making our subconscious diagonal reading
> easier.

At the cost of making them more difficult to read on smaller devices.

> I guess I'm ignoring the fact that technology increases screen
> widths indefinitely, forcing our texts to stretch and fill the
> parent container blindly.

You’re not ignoring it, you’re merely trying to solve it at the wrong end, with an outdated solution... :-)


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