Wishlist - larger resolution screens layout support

In the lovely .

As a laptop user primarily, it's been an uphill battle getting good clients for which recognize and respect the fact we have lots of pixels.

Responsive Design is great - I have started learning and practising it, understand the logic. Good stuff.

But, honestly - the internet has too much to offer for real work to be performed in a mobile device. Content creation, we need better software that allows us to use what's in our chosen platform.

Case in point, Wide Screen Displays.

Which I have made various attempts at getting improvements for. The default Mastodon web client is not very friendly to wide screens. Yes, there's the TweetDeck like AWI, and I have written and spoken to Eugen with some requests.

Not much success there. I found a great way to use wide screens with the Collapsed Mastodon Firefox addon. It was working wonderful, and was so productive for me that I left aside , my client of choice - other than the small question of it using a single column content panel.

(centered on the screen. On my 1600 pixels wide display, that is using 600 pixels, about 40% of my screen's width. Only. Arghhhhh)

@nolan is a talented programmer, and gracious in listening to us users, he accommodated many requests to make Pinafore the best client for people using Screen Readers, for example.

Now, I am tinkering and trying things out. Posted some screenshots yesterday here, with a comparison - the current layout, and a tweaked, wider content panel, showing 800 pixels screen width. Wowa! Much more information now. 50% of my screen in use!

Maybe its too much?

Eugen and I chatted, and he couldn't understand my wish of having TWO wide panels in the AWI setting, yet those two using the full width of my screen.

That layout is perfect for someone reading and writing long form content, which is my case. It was possible, with Collapsed Mastodon, but changes in mastodon code starting at v.3.08 or so broke the add-on. What it did was no longer possible, so game over there.

This Pinafore at 800 pixels content panel was done by a on the fly css edit, manual. (I scrolled around in the css code until found the right property to change. Worked!!)

Sadly, hitting a Refresh wiped out my handy work. Oh, my.

Is it too wide? Maybe, it's a question of taste; it makes sense to me.

Pinafore Responsive Layouts

Are showing as 3 classes of devices, see my screenshot attached here.

  • Mobile ( 320x480p) portrait/landscape
  • small tablet (600x800p) 2 modes also
  • Tablet (768x1024p) iPad res, 2 modes also

If we could get a couple of added new classes it would be wonderful. Could we, please ??

Desired new modes :

  • laptop with MDPI screen at 1280 x 800 p.
  • laptop with HiDPI screen at 1440 x 900 p.

With these two added, I would be able to see Pinafore in all its elegance and using my screen more efficiently.

I have spoken extensively with @lanodan about getting thise kind of support in place for . He understands, and is working on it; being the only person maintaining that branch of Pleroma's FE project isn't easy, kudos to him.

Now, maybe Nolan could accept this request ? It would be wonderful.

Thank you all for the work you do in benefit of the many fediverse users.

on the crusade for better wide screen devices support.

(Uphill battle, but we shall persevere)

@rgx @nolan btw if you have just one column, you do need to make it maximum at around 80 characters wide, otherwise legibility goes down. (there has been tons of research on that since at least the printing press, always weird that WYSIWYG editors don't use this)
So if you want to make use of large screens you need some kind of windowing.


maximum at around 80 characters wide

Ah, thank you -- I know there is a time tested optimum width for text readability, but wasn't sure of the exact number. Will experiment with that setting.

My Write.freely blogs css code shows 50 em setting, I will try and see what they look like at up to 80 em like you suggested. Appreciate the insight!

Ideally it would be best to have two panels, but I understand Nolan's reluctance in changing his default layout for one class of devices. (I made a mockup of a Pinafore two panels display once, lol. It really would kick the llama's ass. One Feed in one, Notifications in another.)

I think the widening of the panel is manageable though, and it can incorporate the max chars width as you suggested.



Here's the topic with the mockup Pinafore 2 panels.

I am writing a blog post version of this new thread, and will include this as a mention too.


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