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by Kirk Gray — May 05
I would add that I also like control of my windows. I hate it when a website takes too many choices away from me.

I want to be able to adjust the width and height of my browser windows to my liking. Personally, I like narrower windows than most websites are allowing for these days. I want to have another to the side (or above, or below). And when I narrow my window, I want the text portions of that window to narrow as well and the text to wrap so I don't have to scroll horizontally.

Unfortunately, most site designs including most blogs aren't designed with the idea that the user might want a narrower (or wider) viewing experience. (I blame Windows for this. For decades Windows programmers have been conditioning people to open an app and click the zoom box to fill the screen, rather than using apps side-by-side.)

Other pet peeves:

1) Links that insist on opening in a new window even when I've told it (via command-click in Safari) to open in a new tab.

2) Links that open little helper windows, usually containing text, that have programmatically turned off my (the user, the client, the customer) ability to size the window. So I find myself on my 24-inch monitor having to scroll through a text box the size of a yellow sticky.

3) Sites that haven't allowed for users that may want to make the text larger. For lengthy or casual reading, I like to push back from my desk and lean back in my chair -- it helps me stretch a bit while at my desk. Often when I do this on-screen text is just too small to read comfortably. So I hit command -+ a couple of times to make the text bigger and easier to read from farther away. Most often the site goes all wonky with text overlapping graphics (or underlapping it so that the text disappears completely).
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