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on whitespace [Mar. 6th, 2006|10:40 am]
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Can someone explain to me why having a border of entirely white or other monochromatic space on either side of a web page is a sensible usability decision?

Why make people scroll? I mean, if there is some white space because of side banners or nav bars, ok, or even a thin strip of white to pull the text from the edges, but still- why do most LJ pages, and most blogs, format to have a big 10-20% white space on either side of the screen? It seems just as stupid a decision as deciding to have newspaper columns on a webpage, with two or three columns making you scroll top->bottom->top->bottom ad nauseam?

Cool things look cool, granted, but cool usable things are way hotter. I'd rather sleep with a pretty person rather than stare at a supermodel.

From: hci_at_work
2006-03-06 05:05 pm (UTC)

I agree..

.. so very completely. I have been wondering about it myself for a while now!

But I do have a question for you. Why do you think white space on either side makes it less usable? I mean any other reasons apart from the one that it adds a vertical scroll, which I agree is a bad issue.
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[User Picture]From: hbergeronx
2006-03-06 06:33 pm (UTC)

Re: I agree..

1. reduces screen real estate without increasing readability.
2. increases time to load by adding unnecessary markup
3. decreases what is immediately viewable by adding unused screen area
4. typically tuned to perform for a specific screen width, rather than "any" monitor.

how is it that you found my journal?
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[User Picture]From: minimo
2006-09-06 06:04 am (UTC)

Re: I agree..

Say it, Brother! Say it!
Friending you--
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