Kinda what I meant in the poll topic about styles. Nice work!
(Didn't see the poll though!)
I disagree, it should be a flexible option that the Webmaster can alter for the width of the presentation.
True, people should have that option, so if you don't like the theme, you don't have to install it
Actually, I have already been thinking of including a page width variable if I ever get round to making the theme for Icy - but fixed width in itself looks more professional IMHO
. 3 column layout also not so good as it over-clutters the display (again thats something which makes a page look less professional). This might be considered "personal preference", but its the personal preference of the majority of webmasters and their site visitors. I even ran polls for my members to help determine the direction to take in developing the theme. Its not perfect, I know that... But its a golden rule of everything - simplicity is beauty - so the less clutter on screen, the better. And not everybody really cares who the top posters are, or latest topics etc... on a home page... especially if your site is more than just a forum... which ultimately is the idea of IMportal / CMS feature. Therefore I want to create themes which make it look like a website, not just a modded forum.
I use a 21" (1600 x 1200 res) monitor, big enough, and I don't want my browser window to occupy too much space, principally because I do a lot of other work and just use a browser to look up refs. Knowing that a lot of people who work in front of a computer do similar things, especially the kind of people (physics students) who use/visit my site, I don't know why thats a problem. And yes I also use a laptop, and don't see why having fixed width is a problem if its width is sufficiently below the standard laptop resolution 1024x768. Indeed, I believe having such constraints forces web designers into designing less cluttered layouts that display better on laptops (indeed most of the people that use / create bloggers work mostly from... laptops!). But thanks for your comments though, I'll weigh up the options...