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Kayla Block <[log in to unmask]>
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Kayla Block <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 4 Nov 1999 09:51:03 -0800
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Fry [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 1999 6:02 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: the new
> Included in the new design are:

> research and how (for example) they decided to move to 800 pixels. The
> width change happens to be fine for *my* configuration, but

800 x 600 is the design standard for most every project I've worked on
for the last 5 years -- the only exception being a project where the
spec was actually a higher resolution.

I don't know if the 800 x 600 as standard comes out of what actual users
screen res's are already set to or if it's because it's difficult to
design for lower resolutions. But in my experience, it is the de facto

> On the other hand, I've been unable to find anything
> redeeming about the
> link style. It's application is inconsistent on the site--from what I
> can tell, the style is used for just one of the site's nav

I wouldn't say there is anything redeeming about it....but given the
table layout and the background color, the links end up looking like
buttons with graphical text, so I don't find it troubling.

But in general, I'd agree that underlining links makes good usability


Kayla Block
Manager, Documentation and User Interface