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First, I'm assuming that they meant that the styling of the block around all the footer content (in particular, its background colour, borders, etc) should span the width of the screen - not that the text containers within the footer should be 1-column full-width and therefore insanely wide on wide devices. That'd be bad design because the measure of the ...


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It doesn't. They probably should have stated that it's the most usual design pattern. Design patterns help people navigate unknown content, so when most sites use footers that span the page to anchor the content, users get used to the idea of when they see the horizontal divider with a bunch of links, they have probably hit the end of the page. Familiarity ...


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That's kind of oldschool. We like to say "Never touch a running system" but violations against this doctrine are the fuel of progress. Personally, I have also used a 2 column website where the footer was only displayed at the left (ca. 40% width) site and no one had a problem with it. The reason why this is done seem to be the familiarity. But I also have ...


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There have been a lot of studies on keyboard layout in the past 20 years. James Lewis of IBM has performed a lot of them. I was interested because I was in the business of designing mobile phone keyboards. The short answer is that there are two letter arrangements that get good results: alphabetical and QWERTY (or local equivalent). And QWERTY is almost ...



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