28 December 2007
I treated myself to a new screen for Christmas, a 19" Viewsonic VP930b, which has the big advantage of having a 'pivot' mode, allowing me to use it in either landscape or portrait view. Most of the time, I use it in portrait view, since most of the time I'm composing text and being able to see an entire A4 page on the screen at 100% magnification is really worth having. For many Web pages, too, the portrait view is superior, since one can scan more of the page at a single glimpse. Some pages (although I suspect that they may be a minority these days) assume a landscape view, and there are those sites that have an opening page, and sometimes more, in the form of a small, landscape oriented box (usually with incredibly small type size), for which the landscape orientation is normal. Film viewing will also require the landscape view, but I suspect that there will be more and more demand for pivot screens that can be used in either mode.