In all honesty I wasn't thinking of the suggestion as a cautious one because of
bloat. I think bootstrap minified and compressed is like 20k. I mean how big is
the entire man page collection?

I was more hesitant to make the suggestion because if there was ever a community
that en masse browsed with js disabled I would think it would be this one.


On Fri, May 18, 2018 at 03:08:25AM +0200, Ingo Schwarze wrote:
> Hi Ken,
> Ken M wrote on Thu, May 17, 2018 at 08:50:53PM -0400:
> > I will probably have to duck and run
> > for suggesting javascript as the answer here...
> Precisely.  :)
> > But for the most part the modern industry standard to make pages
> > scale well across many devices and screen orientations is to use
> > a responsive design library, most notably bootstrap.
> We are talking about a simplistic one-column layout here,
> and avoiding that kind of bloat (in particular javascript)
> is among the top four design goals, together with support
> for hyperlinks, support for semantic annotations, and avoiding
> gratuitous presentational differences when compared to terminal
> output (just to avoid misunderstandings, not every difference
> is gratuitous: for example, terminals naturally use fixed-width
> fonts, HTML naturally uses proportional fonts).
> But no, javascript is an even worse suggestion than the
> original idea of "meta viewport".
> Yours,
>   Ingo

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