wide screenText is usually read from left to right (or right to left in some cultures); we then turn the page to continue. Now think of a website, any website....we read as before however we scroll down. Why? Is this wrong?

I'm writing this blog post on an 11 inch Chromebook, so it's not the largest screen. If I am honest I find it a little too small sometimes, and I prefer my 13 inch Macbook Air.

I quickly run out of screen real estate on the vertical aspect, yet there is so much space on the horizontal Look at all the white space to the left and right of this page. In fact pick most websites and you will see that there are huge areas of unused space, all wasted either on blank space, or navigation -- perhaps even adverts.

So why am I made to scroll down, why not scroll right as in turning a page? Who came up with the never-ending long page? I spent some times looking around the web at all my favourite pages. For example, social networking occupies quite a bit of my time. Both Google+ and Facebook show me about one and a half posts, but in most cases only one post as it has an image attached -- apparently we require visual stimulation these days so most posts have an image. I

looked at several News websites -- a long column of text for the story, with one-third of it taken up by navigation and further stories to the right. Again much scrolling to complete the story.

Maybe web designers have become too lazy and complacent? For years most sites have been designed around the 960gs concept -- 960 pixels wide. This offers a relatively standard framework for designing and balancing a site as it is split into several columns. This was fine when screen resolutions were smaller, typically 1204 pixels wide. According to stats for January 2013 more than 90% of PCs now run above this width.

I think it's time for a change -- screens aspect rations have evolved from the traditional 4:3 and are usually wide-screen, so why can't we make better use of the width and rely less on the depth?

Perhaps mobile computing has the answer -- any good website now adapts to the width of the device. A phone or tablet can render a site using a long or wide-screen. Often the text flow adapts to accommodate the width. Why not apply this concept to traditional PCs?


site by DAJ