On Mon, Aug 27, 2001 at 03:53:01PM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> on Mon, Aug 27, 2001 at 07:47:25PM +0200, Steffen Klemer (masterofheap@...=
> > here is my prob:
> > it is possible to format the text in such a table...
> > but the author of the website has to do that
> > and now think:
> > you are the author of a great website and then a (silly) browser
> > (or user) make such a crape out of your design which took hours
> > (or even days) to write and think of...
> This is a feature, not a bug.
> IMVAO, the reading environment should be configurable to the greatest
> possible extent at the discretion of the reader. To the extent that a
> wepage author is spending immense amounts of effort to produce some
> desired graphic effect, they're working with the wrong medium. There's
> no assurance that fonts, colors, or screen sizes may be faithfully
> represented. Hell, there's no assurance that the output format will be
> visual: text-to-speech is already common, various display devices are
> going to have their own preferred renderings, consider: heads-up
> displays, wrap-around displays, PDAs, "electronic radio" tickers, and
> braille output devices.
> The reader shouldn't be handicapped by some idiot webdesigner's myopic
> lack of creativity.
Idea : what would it take to create a "bookmarklet" which would
wrap a two column table around the selected text and redisplay
the whole page with only that change? I suppose you could create
and display a temp file with that change, but then you'd have to
doctor all the relative links in the page too.....