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New/swapped columns in Instructables -- restored Answered

On Monday 8 Feb 2010, I wrote:

I'm not sure that I like the swapped page layout -- with the author info, staff feature options, and so forth on the left side.  Since English is read left-to-right, this means that administrative info is given "top billing", while the actual Instructable content is relegated to second place. 

It also means that some of that content is cut off of the viewer's display, depending on how they have chosen to size their browser window.  The fact that I'bles makes assumptions about browser size and shape is, of course, wrong in the first place, but the new layout makes that wrongness even more obvious to the casual user.

UPDATE:  Tuesday morning, 9 Feb 2010, the administrative info is back on the right side of the page.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

10 years ago

Wow,  I am in for a length of time every day....how did I miss this? 
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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

10 years ago

Oddly we look at the right first, when that was explained to me I refused to believe and argued with a magazine publisher for half an hour but text content is still best on the left for reasons of some obscurity.

The content width issue is a nuisance though some browsers do work better than others at resizing. As a rule 1024px wide's an ok rule of thumb with today's screen widths. Opera's fit to width system make's things dead simple, even on their mini version on the mobile.  I do agree that it should be a standard size but sadly no browser or screen seems to agree, especially with laptops, desktops, netbooks, iphones, smart phones.  I've been jumping machines and formats alot lately, it's making me rant - personally my solution was to palm off the Fox for now in favour of synchronized setups. 

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

10 years ago

Ah, you missed the memo from the home office, make the ads more obtrusive.  For Pro users,  they want stats, give it to 'em.

At least do the change also in the forums to be consistent so users will either be consistently upset or just confused.