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Re: lynx-dev Tables (once again) and virtual lynx pages

From: mattack
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Tables (once again) and virtual lynx pages
Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 13:26:57 -0700 (PDT)

>Whoops I nuked the first attribution
>On Thu, 11 May 2000, David Woolley wrote:
>> > In other words, it really isn't a great leap of intuition to have
>> > lynx text pages that are several screens wide, and scrolling
>> > consists of something like CTRL-left and CTRL-right, with printing
>> The real reason that horizontal scrolling has been rejected is that
>> it is painful when used with real terminal over dialup lines, because it
>> takes a significant amount of time to paint the scrolled version of the
>> screen.  

This is your opinion.  I use Lynx on a 19.2K or 28K connection via a 
terminal emulator, and I certainly want horizontal scrolling.

>>I'd also expect it to cause problems with people using screen
>> readers.

This is a valid problem.. so presumably the hypothetical ability to do
horizontal scrolling could be turned off via a switch.

>Well I for one would like to reject horizontal scrolling because it's a 
>major, odious pain in the neck. One of the nicest features of LYNX is 
>that it wraps text beautifully AND ALWAYS. It ALWAYS ignores the silly 
>ideas of layout artists and presents text content, pure & simple. 

It's not "beautiful" if you're looking at a table and trying to actually
read the contents.

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