Screen real estate
you’re making a screen-real-estate-based usability/design argument.
If I ever wrote down a Havoc’s Guide to Software it would include
“design arguments based on real
estate are totally weak.” In this specific case, text filled
across a whole screen or page is hard to read. That’s why newspapers
have columns and most online magazines restrict width to much less
than the whole browser. The standard word processor template I use
has huge margins for the same reason.
Of course, Nickell has a more
thorough design rationale and I’m lowering the level of the
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